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No doubt who is No. 1 third baseman on Braves

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Retired Braves manager Bobby Cox always said that third base was infielder-outfielder Martin Prado's best position, but you know who already had dibs on that.

Prado played third when manager Fredi Gonzalez used usual starting third baseman Chipper Jones as the designated hitter against the Angels over the weekend, but without the DH, Jones was back at third and Prado was back in left.

With starting right fielder Jason Heyward now on the disabled list with continued soreness in his right (non-throwing) shoulder and starting center fielder Nate McLouth joining him on the DL with a strained left oblique, Tuesday's outfield comprised Prado, Jordan Schafer in center and infielder-outfielder Eric Hinske in right. Hinske came into the game leading all qualifying National League hitters with a .400 (20 for 50) batting average in May, but went 0-for-4 Tuesday.

Schafer, the Braves' Opening Day center fielder in 2009, hit .256 with eight doubles and a homer in 42 games at Triple-A Gwinnett. More importantly for the Braves, he had nine bunt singles, and his speed could give the offense a boost over the next two weeks.

The odd man out Tuesday was reserve infielder-outfielder Joe Mather, who Saturday night against the Angels became the Braves' first nine-hole starter to have at least four hits and at least four RBI in a game since Lew Burdette on June 8, 1959. (Elias Sports Bureau comes up with some interesting things.) He came on in the bottom of the eighth for defensive purposes, replacing Hinske in right field.

Schafer and Prado combined to score the second run in the Braves' 2-0 win over the Pirates: Schafer walked and then scored from first on a double by Prado.

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