The Braves announced on Monday morning that the organization will retire Andruw Jones' number in September. Jones was a 10-time Gold Glove winner and a five-time All-Star during his time with the team from 1996 until 2007. Since Jones' departure, 10 Braves have worn the number 25.
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The Atlanta Braves defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8-4 in the first game of the three-game series in St. Louis. Ronald Acuña Jr. went 3-4 with a walk, homer, and a double, and Austin Riley hit a 473-foot homer. Ozzie Albies also homered.
Before the game, the Braves officially called up staring pitcher, Dylan Dodd, on Monday. Dodd had won a starter role out of Spring Training, but the Braves had previously announced he wouldn't be on the roster until his start.
To make room for Dodd, the Braves made two roster moves. To make room for him on the 26-man roster, the team optioned Sunday's starter, Jared Shuster, to AAA. Shuster will have to spend 15 days in the minors unless the Braves place a player on the IL, which will likely happen with Max Fried.
Additionally, the Braves designated Jordan Luplow for assignment to make room for the rookie on the 40-man roster. Luplow had signed with the Braves to a one-year deal this offseason, but will likely find a way to a new team just days into the regular season.
MLB suspended Angels 3B, Anthony Rendon, for four games following an altercation with a fan. After a loss to the A's, Rendon confronted an A's fan who was heckling him as he exited the ballpark. He was initially suspended for five games, but got the suspension reduced one game after an appeal. He was also fined for the incident.
The St. Louis Cardinals put OF and WBC star, Lars Nootbaar, on the IL prior to its game before the Braves. Nootbaar had injured his left thumb after diving into a base on Opening Day. Former Braves' prospect, Juan Yepez, was recalled to take his place.
The owners voted 30-0 in favor of MLB and MLBPA's new Minor League CBA. This new CBA will increase minor leaguers' pay significantly, among other benefits.