Braves Daily News Digest: 4/2

Jeffrey Phelps

Your morning/afternoon stop for all the latest Atlanta Braves news and other top stories around the league.

Braves Notch First Win Of Season Led By Freeman And Wood

The Braves may not win 162 games this season but they can try to win 161 after logging a 5-2 win over the Brewers for their first victory of the season. Despite giving up a home run on the first pitch of the night to the hot-headed Carlos Gomez, 23-year old southpaw Alex Wood settled down and logged seven innings of one-run ball in which he only allowed five hits, three walks and struck out five. Freddie Freeman was locked in, as he blasted two solo home runs (his 5th multi-HR game of career) and also reached based with a single and a walk in a perfect outing for the future All-Star. Leadoff hitter Jason Heyward also went yicketty to give the Braves their first lead and drove in the first two runs of the season by taking Kyle Lohse deep off a 2-0 fastball in the fifth inning. Craig Kimbrel was of course down right unhittable and made easy work of the Brewers in the ninth by striking out the side..

Young Guns Holding Down Rotation

For the second straight night the Braves deployed a 23-year old pitcher who they have the utmost of confidence in. In game one it was Julio Teheran, who was tabbed by one ESPN expert as his NL CY Young winner for '14, and last night it was former UGA Bulldog Alex Wood who made just his 12th start of his career. Numbers wise Wood actually out-pitched his predecessor, as he picked up his first win and could be in store for many more this season. These two pitchers will not be fun for other teams who have to face them back-to-back this season. Both have carried over their success from Spring Training and look to be major parts of the rotation this season. Wood finished the 2013 campaign only allowing one earned run or less in six of his last eight starts.

Minor, Santana and Floyd Set To Make Minor League Starts This Week

For once there is good news surrounding the Braves starting pitching depth, as Mike Minor, Ervin Santana and Gavin Floyd are all scheduled to make minor league starts this week. On Thursday Minor will start for the Mississippi Braves (AA) while Floyd will go for Gwinnett (AAA). Santana will pitch on Friday and is scheduled for 5-6 innings and reports are that he is on line to start the Braves game at home next Wednesday at home against the New York Mets. Not too shabby of a rotation once you plug them into the equation.

Harang Takes To The Bump For Rubber Match

The 35-year old vet Aaron Harang, the only pitcher on the current 25-man roster over the age of 30, will take the mound in the deciding game of the season opening series against the Brew Crew on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET. In 10 career starts at Miller Park he is 5-2, so the Braves hope that his trend of success continues as he will go up against Matt Garza who gave up five runs in his last start against Atlanta in the 2012 season. Heyward and Freeman each have had success against him and have taken him yard.

Gomez Likes To Run Instead Of Showboat

It appears that Milwaukee's center fielder Carlos Gomez learned his lesson last season when Brian McCann stood in his path in front of home plate after jawing at his teammates when running around the bases. After taking Wood's fastball and first pitch he saw over the center field fence the speedster did not jog around the base paths, instead he sprinted to avoid any confrontations.

April Fools No More

While some scoffed at the prank many others were furious when reading the April Fools report that Jason Heyward was to be platooned in the outfield with Fredi Gonzalez wanting to switch the lineups around. J-Hey will simply never be platooned and could possibly be a MVP candidate this season if he can avoid injury. The ball is jumping off numero 22's bat.

Braves Announce Minor League Rosters

Click on the link to take a look at how the Braves minor league affiliate teams will shape out this season. Our minor league guys for TC will have you covered this season on all minor league action and the top prospects.

Uggla Looking Good At The Dish

Dan Uggla is out to prove the doubters wrong it looks like this season. In the Braves first two games he has been hitting everything right on the screws and had two doubles against the Brewers on Tuesday night.

League Wide News

Kershaw To Rehab For 2-3 Weeks

The reigning NL Cy Young winner will rehab over the next few weeks to make sure he is over his back pain. His award may be up in the air this season if he misses a few too many starts and other top pitchers around the league show out. Clayton Kershaw will most likely miss all of April.

Rays Reach Deal With Archer

FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal reports that Chris Archer will receive a six-year deal in the range of $25 million. Last season the 25-year old posted a 3.22 ERA and a 9-7 record. The Rays No. 4 starter can bring the heat with his fastball sitting around 93-96 on average

Ramos Out For Nats

The Nationals opening day cleanup hitter and catcher Wilson Ramos will miss 4-8 weeks to undergo hamate bone surgery. Typically players that undergo this surgery lose power when they return.

Hank The Vicious Dog

The Brewers new mascot (Hank the Dog) was used in a funny April Fools photo in which it shows the small dog biting one of the sausage mascots in the groin area. Don't scare the kids of the dog already you guys.

Darvish Throws 89-pitch Bullpen

The AL leading strikeout leader from last season is well on his way to rejoining the Texas Rangers rotation after missing his first start with a sore neck. Yu Darvish's return is sorely needed for a team that has a vast array of injuries.

Jeter's Last Opening Day Spoiled By Astros

Derek Jeter went 1-for-3 with a run scored and was hit by a pitch in his last ever Opening Day game against the Houston Astros who got to the Yankees and C.C. Sabbathia for six runs in the first two innings to go on to win the game 6-2.

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