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Tomahawk Chops: Braves flashing home run potential in Spring Training

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The Braves could be one of the most powerful clubs in baseball this season. If the first week and a half of Spring Training is any indication, there will be plenty of balls clearing the wall at Turner Field in 2013.

Through 10 exhibition games, the Braves have hit 14 home runs. Jason Heyward leads the team with three, followed by Tyler Pastornicky (?) and his two.

Nine other players have clubbed a homer; of those nine players, every projected starter in Atlanta excluding Andrelton Simmons and Brian McCann has one. Simmons appeared in two games before heading to the World Baseball Classic, while McCann is still recovering from shoulder surgery.

The power display was evident again on Sunday as both Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton went deep off the Tigers in a 6-1 win.

And speaking of Uggla's home run, this was a great video from Sunday afternoon.

It's not a guarantee that these power numbers will translate to the regular season, but Fredi Gonzalez has to be excited about the team's ability to score runs in hurry with all the boppers in his lineup.

Here are some links to begin your week...

B.J. Upton, Dan Uggla belt their first spring homers against the Tigers | News
B.J. Upton belted one of the Braves' three home runs and starter Mike Minor fanned three in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Tigers in Grapefruit League action.

Uggla breaks out of his early hitting funk | News

Braves second baseman Dan Uggla certainly displayed some relief after hitting his first home run of the Grapefruit League season during Sunday's 6-1 win over the Tigers at Champion Stadium.

Upton brothers settling in with Braves |
Justin Upton is told it has to be about the coolest thing in the world to play big-league baseball with his brother B.J.

Chris Johnson is looking to nail down the Braves' starting third-base job | News
Chris Johnson welcomes the challenge to prove he is capable of succeeding Chipper Jones as the Braves' starting third baseman. The 28-year-old infielder is in the midst of a battle with Juan Francisco.

Strong spring for Braves Gattis and Terdoslavich |
The Braves have a handful of young, non-roster players producing during spring training, tops among them Evan Gattis and Joey Terdoslavich.

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