Baker gets his first Braves start — and first hit

MIAMI — Jeff Baker played left field and had an RBI single in the fourth inning Monday in his first start for the Braves since an Aug. 31 trade from Detroit for a player to be named later.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he wanted to give the veteran a start and decided Monday was a good time for it, since Reed Johnson was 1-for-8 in his career against left-hander Wade LeBlanc, the Marlins’ starter for the series opener. Johnson has recently played played left field against left-handers when Martin Prado is at third base.

Baker was 1-for-4 against LeBlanc before Monday, and 0-for-3 with two strikeouts as a pinch-hitter in his only previous action for the Braves.

McCann update

Brian McCann missed his second consecutive start with tendinitis in his right knee, and Gonzalez said he hoped to have the catcher back in the lineup as soon as Tuesday.

McCann left Saturday’s game after two innings when it became too difficult to squat and move from side to side behind the plate. He was available to pinch-hit Sunday and Monday.

Simmons moves up to 2-hole

With Chipper Jones, McCann and Johnson all out of the lineup Monday, rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons moved up to the 2-hole for only the second time in his brief major league career. In his other starts he’s hit seventh (12), eighth (23) and ninth (two).

Chipper finalist for award

Jones is one of six finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, along with Adam Jones (Baltimore ), Paul Konerko (Chicago White Sox), Michael Young (Texas), Skip Schumaker (St. Louis) and Barry Zito (San Francisco).

A field of 30 candidates (one from each team) was narrowed to one player from each division. The candidates were chosen based upon ability to “inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities.”

It’s part of the annual Players Choice Awards.

21 comments Add your comment

Matt

September 17th, 2012
8:29 pm

Matthew 19:30

BravesfaninWis

September 17th, 2012
8:48 pm

Good thing the Braves have scored 6 runs, otherwise Hudson’s record would have went south when given a 4 run lead. Seriously Hudson? You are letting the Marlins get back in this game? What a joke. Medlen is the clear ACE of this staff right now, not Hudson. Luck is on his side, Heyward just made a nice catch otherwise this is a 1 run game. Pretty sad when you had a 6 run lead, way to give them the momentum.

Crank My Wren

September 17th, 2012
9:04 pm

Bryan Peterson has a boyfriend.

Crank My Wren

September 17th, 2012
9:04 pm

Bryan Peterson has a boyfriend.

Crank My Wren

September 17th, 2012
9:04 pm

Bryan Peterson has a boyfriend.

northbeach Scott

September 17th, 2012
9:34 pm

Matt is an obnoxious douche bag for the 1930th time. Swine.

Give Matthew a rest

September 17th, 2012
9:57 pm

Jesus wasn’t talking about MLB…

Warren Spahn

September 17th, 2012
10:09 pm

Hey Bravefanin wisc – The Brew needs ya

double

September 17th, 2012
10:12 pm

Errors & Excuses plus another Monday win.Amen to giving Jesus a rest.

JC Boscan III

September 17th, 2012
10:55 pm

A win is a win — but, Hudson’s developed this habit of having one bad inning that wipes out most or all of a lead that our inconsistent offense gives him….. NOT good for the playoffs.

Here we go

September 18th, 2012
12:52 am

Medlen starts the playoff game. Can there be any argument on that?

gotigers72

September 18th, 2012
1:34 am

No argument on Medlen starting the playoff game. However…..

You know our mush for brains manager who kept throwing D.Lowe out there last September when he was getting hammered, lit up, etc. basically every game that month. So, no telling what FG will come up with. He’s liable to throw Teheran out there and justify it by saying, “Well, he had a good bullpen session the other day and we thought he was a good matchup for this game. He looked good against the first four batters, then gave up those six bleeders in a row before that grand slam that put us way down”.

a fan

September 18th, 2012
7:46 am

gotigers72 Shame on you.

afan

September 18th, 2012
8:37 am

Matt…
Matthew 19;30..is in reference to (Israel was “first” and the “church” is last in relations to time, but in respect to position the last shall be first.) Christ meant we must take everything in to account…
Go Braves!

Chuck

September 18th, 2012
8:39 am

Does anyone on this blog realize we are way up and still have an outside shot at the division. Give it a rest. Go back to the mid-80s if you want to know what hopeless feels like. BTW, Jesus don’t care.

afan

September 18th, 2012
8:44 am

Chuck, I agree with you on everything except the last short sentence. How do you know what he cares about? I see alot of praying on the field and alot of giving thanks…to each his own.

Forrest Gump

September 18th, 2012
11:16 am

Fredi is not a smart man, but he is slowly learning.

Dwayne

September 18th, 2012
11:38 am

gotigers72 is 100% correct.

Gray Mule

September 18th, 2012
2:23 pm

Braves won! Falcons won!!

And, the Dream won their last game and are in the playoffs but the AJC
has no one covering them. Have to read the AP report here. Why? Fans
continue to come out and still, no coverage here.

Ain’t it great when all three Atlanta teams win!!!

b

September 18th, 2012
3:01 pm

Will have to eat crow and admit I didn’t think the Braves would win 80 games this year. That said, Medlen seems to be the only chance to win a game in the playoffs and he can’t pitch every day. Of course with Freddi as Manager he may not even get a chance to start.

Ron M

September 18th, 2012
3:22 pm

Some guys on here are never satisfied, I truly believe that Braves could have a record of 120 wins right now and lead the division by 20 games and they would still find something to whine about! Give it a rest and get a life!!

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