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Braves Daily News Digest: 3/21

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Santana Pleased With First Start (video)

The anticipated spring training debut went rather well for Ervin Santana just eight days after signing a $14.1 million-free agent deal to help play a critical piece this season in the Braves starting rotation. The 31-year old went out against the Mets for two innings of work and allowed one run while giving up a pair of hits, one which was a bunt single in the first inning. The velocity was very much there for Santana as his fastball topped out at 95 in the first inning before dropping to around 91 m.p.h. in the second inning. He along with Mike Minor will stay for extended spring trainings to get more work in before joining the team most likely in the Braves first homestand of the season.

Upton Brothers Have Multi Hit Days (video)

With B.J. batting second in the lineup again and Justin following him they had a big day at the plate in the Braves 7-6 loss to the Mets on Thursday. The two brothers in their second season with the team each had two hits in four plate appearance despite J Up being robbed of a home run in the first inning. The Braves opening day lineup is still up in question on not who will start, but what the order will be. B.J. has hit .295 this spring as he has a much smoother swing and looks to carry his success into the regular season which starts in just 10 days.

Braves Trim Roster Even More

Five more players were cut from the Braves roster as the club tries to narrow down its search for the few remaining bullpen spots and bench roles, those players were: Luis Vasquez, Christian Bethancourt, Juan Jaime, Todd Cunningham, and Elmer Reyes. Mark Bowman believes that Frank Wren will likely be scouring the trade market this next week for relief pitchers who could bolster the pen. He said the reason why Vasquez was sent down was that his arm speed was not the same as they saw back in the Dominican winter ball league. The sidearmer was topping out at around 91-92 mph in his last outing after throwing mid 90's consistently in the offseason.

Freeman Chats With MLB Networks Harold Reynolds (video)

Freddie Freeman figures to be one of the top hitters again in the NL this season and have a chance to win his first MVP award. He calls Julio Teheran the cheapest player on the team and says the best dressed are Dan Uggla, Jason Heyward and of course the best looking as Brandon Beachy. He also tells the former Mariners second baseman that Ervin Santana, Gavin Floyd, and David Hale are the keys to success this season along with a strong offense.

Beachy To Have Second TJ Surgery

The word is official now that Brandon Beachy will undergo season ending elbow surgery that will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache today. DOB for the AJC goes into more in depth detail surrounding the surgery and TJ trends in baseball.

Former Pitching Coach Mazzone Says Starting Rotation Is In Trouble

Mazzone gives a run down on what he thinks of the Braves organization at this point and also calls Craig Kimbrel the best closer in all of baseball hands down. Catch up to see what the old rocker thinks about his former club.

League Wide News

Pena Visits Chapman In Emotional Hospital Visit

Reds catcher Brayan Pena went to visit teammate Aroldis Chapman who was in the hospital after being struck in the face by a line drive. The team is relieved that their star closer is okay. Chapman is expected to be back working out in 10-14 days.

Baseball Begins In Australia

Openind Day festivities will be a blast to watch this year when the Dodgers and Diamondbacks open the season on Saturday morning our time at 1 a.m. ET at the cricket grounds in Australia.

Big Papi Close To Extension Deal

Gordon Edes of has little doubt that the Red Sox will extend their superstar slugger in the next few days and make an announcement of the terms.

Cashner Opening Day Starter For Padres

After the best season in his career the Padres had little choice than to name Andrew Cashner their starting pitcher for the first game of the season. Cashner has a chance to become one of the best starting pitchers in the NL this season and has had a very impressive spring training.

Masterson Breaks Off Extension Talks With Indians

Ken Rosenthal reports that the talks have subsided for now, exact demands of Justin Masterson are not known.

Kid Wants The Ball (video)

In the Dodgers exhibition with Team Australia a player threw a ball short of a little kid in the crowd, but with a little crying and jumping up and down he sure enough got the ball he deserved.

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