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The Daily Chop: Win over Red Sox, Mathis signing, TC Podcast, and more

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Spring Training came to a close on Tuesday. The next Braves game will actually matter, with the club opening the season on Thursday in Philadelphia.

Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

The Braves finished up the spring slate on Tuesday with a win over the Red Sox. Among the most exciting developments for Atlanta were an RBI double from Cristian Pache, a three-run homer from Ozzie Albies, and 423 innings without allowing an earned run by Drew Smyly, but the biggest key was undoubtedly the return of Mike Soroka. The right hander fired two innings, allowing one run, but most importantly his stuff looked great and his leg appeared to be healthy. Getting Soroka back in the mix just as the season begins is a huge boon for a rotation that already looks deep and talented.

Braves News

Mike Soroka makes spring training debut in Braves Grapefruit League finale against Red Sox

As noted above, the Braves saw their prized young right-hander make his return from the injured list, where he had remained for the entirety of camp.

Braves agree to Minor League Deal with Jeff Mathis, Per Report

The Braves signed future manager Jeff Mathis to a minor league deal on Tuesday, adding a veteran backup option that has proven his ability behind the plate for well over a decade.

Braves announce 2021 minor league coaching staffs

Should Mathis report to Triple-A, he would be playing for newly-appointed Stripers manager Matt Tuiasosopo. The organization revealed all minor league coaching staffs on Tuesday.

Braves Podcasts

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 281: The 2021 season is here

MLB News

Cohen on Lindor: ‘I hope he decides to sign’

Well, Steve, I hope he doesn’t.

Experts pick 2021 MVP, Cy Young winners

Who are the MLB expert selections for awards this season?

The most improved teams headed into ‘21

Every NL East team other than the Marlins made the cut for this list.