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Braves daily news digest 5/12: Miller and Pierzynski bring their partnership from St.Louis to Atlanta

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Shelby Miller had another positive start on Monday night, and the young righty opened up about how A.J. Pierzynski has been helping him ever since the two were teammates in St. Louis.

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Mudcats bus flips on the way to Myrtle Beach

There was a huge scare in the Braves organization very early this morning, as the Carolina Mudcats' bus flipped as it was travelling to Myrtle Beach. Of the 33 people on the bus, eight had to go to the hospital, and seven were Mudcats players. Fortunately, none of the injuries were severe, which is a huge relief since this could've been much worse. The bus driver has been charged with exceeding a safe speed.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="">#Braves</a> family is relieved that there were no serious injuries in this morning&#39;s bus accident involving the <a href="">@CarolinaMudcats</a></p>&mdash; Atlanta Braves (@Braves) <a href="">May 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Mudcats front office staff is sending their best wishes to all the players, coaching staff, and our own <a href="">@GregYoungJr</a></p>&mdash; Carolina Mudcats (@CarolinaMudcats) <a href="">May 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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For more information, keep an eye on WECT's coverage of the accident.

Braves steal a late victory in Cincinnati

Meanwhile, the Braves bounced back from a sweep in Washington by stealing a late win in Cincinnati on Monday night. The game was tied at one for the majority of the contest, until the tie was broken in the ninth inning. Phil Gosselin got a hit off of Aroldis Chapman to start the rally. Nick Markakis singled to move Gosselin to second base, and then Goose stole third shortly afterwards. Gosselin made it home when Chapman threw a wild pitch, and Jim Johnson came in to seal the deal. It was a real smash-and-grab job, but we'll take it!

Miller credits Pierzynski for mentorship during successful run

Shelby Miller's performance played a huge role in keeping the Braves in a position to win last night. The righty struck out eight Reds batters and only gave up one run through seven innings of work. It was just another strong performance for MIller, who's gotten off to a lovely start in his first season as a Brave. Miller credited A.J. Pierzynski for being a mentor not only during this season, but last season as well when the two were both members of the St. Louis Cardinals.

When Miller encountered trouble during the second inning of Monday night's 2-1 win over the Reds, Pierzynski comforted the young Braves pitcher and then saw him quickly regain the dominant form he has displayed throughout the early part of this season.

"He came out and just got me back to where I needed to be," Miller said. "He saw some things with my mechanics and fixed it from there. It's nice to have somebody who I've thrown to for a while who knows your mechanics and knows what to see in the pitcher."

Check out today's Minor League recap


Barry Bonds will file a grievance against MLB for collusion

Barry Bonds' final season in Major League Baseball was in 2007. His contract with the Giants expired, and he became a free agent. As we all know, nobody in baseball was willing to give Bonds a spot on the team (even as he said that he was willing to take the league minimum to play), and he was effectively ushered into retirement. Now, Bonds is going to file a grievance against MLB for collusion, and (like him or not) he'll probably have a pretty decent case.

That 2007 season was historically significant. Bonds hit .276/.480/.565 with 28 homers and led the majors in on-base percentage and intentional walks again. His OPS+ was 169, the highest-ever for a 42-year-old with at least 400 plate appearances, with the next-best being Carlton Fisk's 134 OPS+ in 1990. Need more context? Mike Trout's career OPS+ is 167, the same as when he won the AL MVP in 2014. Bonds bested that, and did it with 20 years on Trout. There's just no way that any AL team could not have used the follow-up to that season at designated hitter in 2008, legal risks or no, and once Bonds gets someone in the know to say as much, MLB will be in trouble.

Yankees hit five dingers in victory over Rays

In an exhibition of power that would make the Braves' TV commentary team recoil in shock, the New York Yankees powered their way to an 11-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Bronx Bombers hit five home runs against the Rays, and the guys who hit them read like a who's who of popular baseball names. Alex Rodriguez! Mark Teixeira! Carlos Beltran! Chase Headley! Brett Gardner.......!

Wrigley Field opens up new left field bleachers

The much-maligned renovation project at Chicago's famous Wrigley Field hit a huge milestone on Monday, as they were able to open up the left field bleachers for the first time all season. Those fans got a chance at catching a souvenir, as Kris Bryant ended up hitting one into those brand new seats. Anthony Rizzo was the next batter, and he hit one into the right field bleachers! Nobody caught it because those won't be open until June. Oh, Wrigley.

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