The Atlanta Braves had both of their top starters going on Saturday in some hot split-squad action and emerged victorious in both games. Most importantly, the everyday players were a big part of the reason why.
Spencer Strider got the start against the Orioles and pitched three scoreless innings. A Michael Harris II homer got the scoring started for the Braves and they were able to hang on by the score of 3-2. A strong start to the day, but the Braves were not done.
Max Fried got the start in the Braves' other game on Saturday which featured most of the Braves' everyday lineup. Fried struck out five in his three innings of work and the offense backed him up in a big way with Matt Olson and Austin Riley homering and Ronald Acuna Jr. going 2-4 with an RBI. While things got a little adventurous again with the spring training bullpen, Atlanta was able to close the game out and win 7-5.
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We didn't have any roster cuts or (thankfully) injuries yesterday, so it was a relatively light news day. However, it was really nice to see Ozzie Albies back playing second base again after only DHing so far this spring. Ozzie had been held out of the field in the early portion of camp as he worked his way back from shoulder surgery this offseason. All the reports were that the team was being cautious, but it is always nice to actually SEE a guy back out there.
The Dominican Republic's World Baseball Classic lost some star power yesterday as it was announced that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was withdrawing from the event. Vladdy is dealing with some inflammation in his knee and while all the scans showed no structural damage, everyone is just wanting to make sure he gets some rest and is cautious before the season gets started.
The Rockies made a signing of some note (well, it would have been of note a few years ago) as they inked a one year deal with reliever Brad Hand. While Hand is past his prime years to be sure, he still did a good job last year in limited hard contact...which will be important because pitching in Colorado is a bit of an adventure.