MILWAUKEE - Lucky bounce or not, Dan Uggla will take it.
WASHINGTON - When Rick Ankiel won the center field job for the Washington Nationals in spring training, they hoped he'd give them power and excellent defense. On Saturday afternoon, he gave them that - plus a little bit more.
WASHINGTON - Coming off major knee surgery, and coming up on his 39th birthday, Chipper Jones came back to baseball in a big way.
WASHINGTON - Even Washington Nationals opening day starter Livan Hernandez wishes Stephen Strasburg could take that assignment Thursday.
ATLANTA - Nick Blackburn looked ready for the regular season before problems in Minnesota's bullpen kept him from winning his final spring start.
ATLANTA - The clickety-clack of spikes has been replaced by nice, quiet sneakers. Otherwise, it's hard to detect much of a difference between Fredi Gonzalez and the guy he replaced in the Atlanta Braves dugout.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Brandon Beachy has won the job as the Atlanta Braves' fifth starter, beating out fellow rookie Mike Minor and veteran Rodrigo Lopez.
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Atlanta pitcher Jair Jurrjens said the feeling along his right ribcage Thursday was nothing more than a cramp caused by dehydration. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, taking no chances, pulled his starter after one inning against Toronto.
JUPITER, Fla. - Kyle McClellan made another strong statement in his bid for the St. Louis Cardinals' vacant starting spot. He has been endorsed by pitching coach Dave Duncan, and is on a schedule that would allow him to start the second game of the season.
JUPITER, Fla. - Kyle Lohse was so efficient he became the first member of the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation to work six innings this spring - without coming close to his pitch limit.
TAMPA, Fla. - Tommy Hanson wasn't totally happy with his latest start despite a positive outcome.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Kyle McClellan got a confidence boost in his bid to make the Cardinals' rotation on Thursday.
JUPITER, Fla. - Josh Johnson labored through another difficult inning in spring training, then found what he had been looking for: his rhythm.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Tim Hudson gave up a run in two innings in his spring debut, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 6-1 on Wednesday.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Brett Myers looked exactly one month ahead, to opening day against the Philadelphia Phillies.
SAN DIEGO - Mike Minor has had poor outings in three of his last four starts for the Atlanta Braves, meaning there's a good chance manager Fredi Gonzalez could pull him from the rotation.
LOS ANGELES - Julio Teheran battled Clayton Kershaw until the end only to come up a hard-luck loser, sending the Atlanta Braves out of town with three straight losses to the first-place Dodgers.
CHICAGO - The contending Atlanta Braves have acquired infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell from the Chicago Cubs for catching prospect Victor Caratini.
LOS ANGELES - Alex Wood gave up just one run, Justin Upton tied the game in the ninth inning, and the Atlanta Braves still lost their second straight.
LOS ANGELES - Tommy La Stella put together his second straight three-hit game and fourth since making his major league debut in late May. Freddie Freeman broke out of his slump, too. Their offense just wasn't enough to keep Atlanta's winning streak going.
ATLANTA - Ervin Santana knew in the very first inning his slider would be tough to hit.
ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman had three hits and an RBI, Julio Teheran earned his 10th win and the Atlanta Braves took advantage of Ordisamer Despaigne's control problems to beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA - Rookie Jesse Hahn allowed only three hits in six innings to remain unbeaten on the road and the San Diego Padres beat Atlanta 5-2 on Friday night to continue their recent success against the Braves.
ATLANTA - Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Henderson Alvarez won for the first time in three starts and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Thursday.
ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, Ervin Santana won his second straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night.