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Braves news and links: Some positives but Atlanta left with 0-2 start

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The Atlanta Braves can take some positives away from the first two games of the season but they are still left with an 0-2 start.

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Braves News

Mistakes costly as Braves stumble to 0-2 start

Ender Inciarte produced a highlight play in center field and Bud Norris deserved a better fate, but the Atlanta Braves fell to 0-2 Wednesday night with a 3-1 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Atlanta Braves Opening Day Minor League Rosters

Minor league season begins on Thursday, find out where the Braves' top prospects will be playing to start the season.

Another Braves mistake, another blown lead and loss to the Nats

Braves' manager Fredi Gonzalez tells the AJC's David O'Brien that he is encouraged by his team's pitching but fielding mistakes have proven costly in both losses.

"Our pitching was tremendous and it just seemed like every time we didn’t take care of the baseball they put a crooked number up," said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose team is 0-2 for the first time since starting 0-4 in 2012, "We weren’t able to match them. We didn’t take care of the baseball. Good teams, you give them extra outs they are going to do that."

Norris impressive for most of his Braves debut

Bud Norris allowed six hits and three earned runs in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Nationals but his line really doesn't tell the story. Norris was in control until the seventh when the Braves' defense let him down. He talked about his game with the AJC's David O'Brien after the game.

"It was a good two-pitch mix," Norris said. "I threw some changeups that were so-so in my opinion. I used both sides of the plate. (Catcher) A.J. (Pierzynski) has got confident in me to throw fastballs to both sides of the plate. I really got into some of those lefties."

MLB News

Letting Jose Bautista swat at fielder's legs won't make baseball fun again

The MLB season is just four days old but the "Chase Utley" rule has already produced its fair share of controversy.

Rockies' Trevor Story becomes the first to homer in each of his first three MLB games

Rockies shortstop prospect Trevor Story has had quite the start to his major league career. The 23-year-old homered twice on Opening Day against the Diamondbacks, drilled a solo home run on Tuesday, then added a two-run home run on Wednesday. As the Rockies’ official Twitter account noted, Story is the first player in baseball history to open up his big league career with homers in three consecutive games.