--RHP Jair Jurrjens's 1.56 ERA in his first eight starts is higher than only three other Braves' pitchers over the same span of games: Buzz Capra in 1974 (1.06), Greg Maddux in 1994 (1.13) and Tom Glavine in 2002 (1.50).
--INF/OF Martin Prado has raised his May average to .330 (31-for-94), while upping his overall average from .268 to .286 since May 10. He is expected to be back in the starting lineup Friday night against the Reds after getting his first start off of the season on Wednesday. He came in and played left field late in that game.
--LHP Eric O'Flaherty hadn't given up a home run since last Sept. 7, a two-run shot to Delwyn Young, also in Pittsburgh, before coughing one up in the seventh inning Wednesday. It was his second blown save in two opportunities, although he seldom is used in those situations.
--INF/OF Joe Mather was back in the starting lineup in right field Wednesday, going 0-for-4. Despite a four-hit, four-RBI night against the Angels last Saturday, Mather was the odd man out Tuesday in the outfield shuffle that brought CF Jordan Schafer up and saw Martin Prado back in left field after starting at third base when 3B Chipper Jones was the designated hitter against the Angels. Prado had the start off, so INF/OF Eric Hinske started in left and Mather was back in the lineup. How often that happens depends on how hot Hinske's bat stays and whether Prado and Jones start.
--RHP Brandon Beachy hasn't picked up a baseball since he left his May 13 start because of a strained left oblique muscle. But as he rehabs at the Braves' complex in Orlando, Fla., the oblique is feeling better every day, and he thinks he will begin throwing in the next few days.
BY THE NUMBERS
.368 -- INF/OF Martin Prado's batting average in the Braves' 27 victories, when he's in the starting lineup.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"He's healthy." -- Manager Fredi Gonzalez, on the difference in RHP Jair Jurrjens this season versus last season.
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