Clearwater, Fla. — Brooks Conrad hit a tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and Eric Hinske hit a winning solo shot off Ryan Madsen in the ninth as the Braves beat the Phillies in front of a sellout crowd of 9,068 at Bright House Field.
Conrad has been in a close race all spring with fellow utility infielder Joe Thurston for the last open spot on the Braves bench. Manager Bobby Cox reiterated Monday that no decision had been made….
Tim Hudson allowed four hits, two runs and two walks with eight strikeouts in six innings pitching for Class AA Missisippi against Gwinnett in an intraorganization game. Hudson and Braves officials decided to have him pitch in the minor league game instead of facing the division-rival Phillies twice in one week so late in spring training….
The Braves will install Greg Maddux’s retired No. 31 in Turner Field’s Monument Grove Tuesday in a 2 p.m. ceremony open to the public. Other retired numbers in the Grove belong to Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro (35) and Warren Spahn (21). All major league teams also retired No. 42 to honor Jackie Robinson.