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Atlanta Braves

Stadium: Turner Field | Manager: Fredi Gonzalez
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--3B Chipper Jones hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat to give him 1,509 career RBI, tying him with the legendary Mickey Mantle for second on the all-time RBI list for switch-hitters. Eddie Murray ranks first with 1,917, which Jones doesn't see himself passing. He thinks he walks too much, for one thing.

--INF/OF Martin Prado is now the Braves' emergency center fielder since OF/2B Matt Young was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on April 22; the Braves needed another arm in the bullpen when LHP Jonny Venters experienced a sore left biceps.

--C Brian McCann was going to get Wednesday's day game off, but that was before he caught all 13 innings Monday. So manager Fredi Gonzalez started C David Ross Tuesday. Ross homered in the second inning to put the Braves up 3-0, then hit a three-run home run in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

--RHP Cristhian Martinez is the bullpen's three-innings guy, but it's not supposed to be the last three innings, manager Fredi Gonzalez says. Martinez has given up three home runs in three outings, including two walk-offs. He's in that position because RHP Scott Linebrink is blowing leads.

--INF Brandon Hicks was not being faulted by 3B Chipper Jones for having been thrown out at third base after pinch-running for Jones, who hit a lead-off double in the 12th inning of Monday's 5-3 13-inning loss. That's because it took "a great play" on a C Brian McCann dribbler to Padres LHP Cory Luebke to get him. But Hicks has shortcomings at shortstop, which is why it is unlikely he'll be seen starting a home game on the fast Turner Field infield. And he is not hitting either.

1 -- Career complete games by RHP Jair Jurrjens, who pitched the Braves to an 8-2 win over the Padres Tuesday.

"Close your eyes and swing hard." -- C David Ross, on how he hit two home runs -- the second a three-run homer -- off Padres RHP Aaron Harang.

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AVGFreddie Freeman , 1B.290
HRJustin Upton , LF27
RBIJustin Upton , LF97
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