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Posted: March 16, 2012 11:48 p.m.
Updated: March 16, 2012 11:47 p.m.
Braves slam Astros

The Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward hits a grand slam off Houston Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez in the first inning of a spring training game in Kissimmee, Fla., on Friday night.



    KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Jason Heyward hit a grand slam off starter Wandy Rodriguez for his second home run in three games, and Michael Bourn hit a two-run homer as the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros, 9-5, in a spring training game Friday night.
    Tommy Hanson, making his spring debut after having his first start cut shot by rain, pitched three innings and gave up two runs, including a homer by Travis Buck. The right-hander struck out three without a walk and gave up five hits.
    Hanson, who was 11-7 with a 3.60 earned-run average last season, didn't pitch after Aug. 6 because of shoulder woes and got a delayed start this spring after sustaining a concussion in an auto accident.
    Houston's Rodriguez had not pitched in 10 days because of a rainout. He allowed five hits and a walk in a five-run first inning.
    Rodriguez left the game with one out in the fourth inning after Bourn followed a second walk with his home run.

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