SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants needed every available player on their roster to stay unbeaten in what turned into a marathon home opener.
ATLANTA - Randy Wells and the Cubs called on their Georgia connections to give Chicago its first win of the season.
ATLANTA - Braves third baseman Chipper Jones says he may miss a three-game series at San Francisco after straining his right oblique forced him to leave Thursday night's game against the Chicago Cubs.
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones likes the new look of Atlanta's bullpen. Questions about Chicago's bullpen already are starting to irritate Lou Piniella.
ATLANTA - Jason Heyward's debut has Hank Aaron convinced that the rookie can stir up more excitement about baseball in the black community.
ATLANTA - Jason Heyward hit like The Hammer in his Atlanta Braves debut.
ATLANTA - Derek Lowe may be considered by some as a surprise choice as the Atlanta Braves' opening day pitcher today against Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs.
After their most successful season in four years, the Atlanta Braves traded away 2009's staff ace, parted ways with their best hitter of the season's final two months, and declined to resign the duo that accounted for 37 of the team's 38 saves.
ATLANTA - Omar Vizquel played as if he were trying to win a roster spot while the Atlanta Braves played as if they were tired of exhibition games.
ATLANTA - Gavin Floyd and Tommy Hanson look ready for the real games.
ATLANTA - Jason Heyward remembers making daily drives past Turner Field as a teenager on his way to batting practice with his private instructor.
ATLANTA - The Braves set their 25-man roster for the regular season, keeping left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes for the final spot in the bullpen and Brooks Conrad as a backup infielder.
For all the hoopla surrounding Jason Heyward, it's another towering newcomer who holds the key to the Braves' success in 2010.
LAKELAND, Fla. - Tigers manager Jim Leyland was as surprised as anyone that Eddie Bonine would be on the flight to Milwaukee for the Tigers final two exhibition games.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves are inviting fans to celebrate Bobby Cox's career this season. He would prefer to celebrate a return to the playoffs.
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