Minor, Beachy take 5th-starter battle to “B” game

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Before the Braves play the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, the teams will play a “B” game at 10:30 a.m. on Field 2 adjacent to Champion Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The first “B” game of the spring for the Braves will allow rookies Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy to pitch four innings apiece as they continue their competition for the fifth-starter job. They are the leading candidates in a three-pitcher race.

Rodrigo Lopez, the veteran who also has aspirations for the job, will start the main game in the afternoon. Last week, Lopez, Beachy and Minor all were able to pitch their innings on the same day because the Braves had split-squad games that day.

Scheduled relievers for the Braves in the main game include left-handers Jonny Venters, Yohan Flande and Brett Oberholtzer, and right-hander Arodys Vizcaino.

The Cardinals plan to start Kyle Lohse in the main game and Ian Snell in the “B” game.

Braves plan first roster cuts

The Braves plan to make their first roster cuts on Thursday. There are currently 59 players on the active camp roster, including 31 pitchers, seven catchers, 11 infielders and 10 outfielders…. Pitcher Kenshin Kawakami, who was two weeks late to camp because of visa issues in Japan, could make his first game appearance by the end of the week. The Braves are trying to trade the veteran, who went 1-10 last season and is owed $6.7 million in the final year of his contract…. Wherever the Yankees go, big crowds show. A sellout crowd of 10,750 at Champion Stadium on Tuesday was more than 2,000 above the previous largest crowd to see a Braves game this sprig, home or road.

11 comments Add your comment

Freddie Freeman

March 8th, 2011
5:48 pm

Freddie plays first

Jody

March 8th, 2011
5:49 pm

Let’s play ball

Frank's wren

March 8th, 2011
5:50 pm

What’s the “B” game all about?

Weaseal

March 8th, 2011
5:54 pm

We lost a close one today only 30 more days till they count

Kenshin Kawakami

March 8th, 2011
6:00 pm

I can’t wait to pitch for all of you (:

Jody

March 8th, 2011
6:16 pm

I think Kenshin will do good this year.He wants to prove something.I really didnt think he pitched that bad last year .he didnt get any run support and sometimes was left in a lil to long and he even took the hit for the team a couple times…I think it’s worth giving him another shot…But I think that he will have to build a level of confidence with the team during this spring training for it to work for him

Mudville Nine

March 8th, 2011
6:25 pm

Attended my first game at the Death Star today. Lots of fun! Sunburnt and feeling great!!

JaxBrave

March 8th, 2011
7:18 pm

I’m confused. Today is Tuesday. DOB, you mean Wednesday, or next Tuesday?

Ralph

March 8th, 2011
9:19 pm

You really are confused Jax, go back and read the blog again.

JaxBrave

March 8th, 2011
9:29 pm

Ralph, no confusion; original blog was updated. Thanks, DOB.

Redguy5

March 9th, 2011
6:51 pm

Sources tell me the home plate umpire in today’s B game is a full time concrete layer and was even heard saying “this is way better than my real job”. Umpire wasn’t ringing guys up looking, only when swinging.

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