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The Braves high-A minor league affiliate, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, have a new logo.

New Logo:

Old Logo:

I especially like the background picture on their redesigned web site; that pelican's eyes look a bit demented.

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Here are some tidbits from the SportsXchange:

  • RHP Tim Hudson had his wisdom teeth pulled, a preventive measure calculated to prevent disrupting the season.

  • LHP Mike Gonzalez doesn't care what inning he pitches, but when asked whether he sees himself as a closer responded, "There's no doubt in my mind. That's what I do."

  • RHP Tyler Yates needed offseason weight training only for his legs; his arms, shoulders and back get enough of a workout from surfing.

  • RHP Kyle Davies believes he'll be more comfortable on the mound this season. "Sometimes I felt like I was worrying too much," he says of how he pitched last year.

  • Manager Bobby Cox will assign one of his five starters to be caught by backup C Brayan Pena, but he hasn't decided which one yet.
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The Braves have finally signed their only remaining arbitration eligible player, Oscar Villarreal. He agreed to a one-year, $925,000 contract Sunday, and could make another $100,000 in bonuses. Here is the interesting bonus structure:

Villarreal gets three points for each start and one point for every game he finishes. He would receive $25,000 bonuses for reaching 30, 39, 48 and 60 points.