Evan Gattis kept up an amazing rookie season with his first grand slam, B.J. Upton and Ramiro Pena also homered, and the Atlanta Braves finished off a sweep of the woeful Minnesota Twins with a 8-3 rout on Wednesday.
Julio Teheran pitched 8 1-3 strong innings, Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves won their fourth straight game with a 5-1 victory over the struggling Minnesota Twins on Monday. Teheran (3-1) gave up five hits, one run — Josh Willingham’s homer in the ninth — and one walk. He struck out four, throwing 80 of his 123 pitches for strikes.
Andrelton Simmons is a good bet to win several gold gloves during his career, and he’s shown the ability to stay within himself and make adjustments at the plate.
Brandon Beachy pitched four scoreless innings for Atlanta and Scott Baker was just as strong for the Minnesota Twins in their 2-0 win over the Braves on Wednesday.
Nick Blackburn looked ready for the regular season before problems in Minnesota’s bullpen kept him from winning his final spring start.
The Minnesota Twins have traded right-handed pitching prospect Billy Bullock to the Atlanta Braves, which allows them to retain Rule 5 draft choice Scott Diamond.