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at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Thursday, March 5

Venezuela at the plate: Miguel Cabrera highlighted his two-hit afternoon with a two-run sixth-inning single off Jeff Ridgway. Magglio Ordonez followed with an RBI single to give Venezuela a lead it would preserve until the seventh.

Braves at the plate: Jeff Francoeur, who entered the game with just one hit in 11 at-bats, drilled a two-run fourth-inning homer off Brad Nelson, a Braves Minor League pitcher who was loaned to Venezuela for the day. Omar Infante began the bottom of the fourth with a single and scored on Freddie Freeman's opposite-field double. Barbaro Canizares' three-run double accounted for the only hit recorded in Atlanta's decisive five-run seventh inning.

Venezuela on the mound: Starter Jan Garando pitched around two walks in two scoreless innings, and Victor Zambrano allowed just one hit while working a scorless third inning. Orber Moreno ended the damage created in Atlanta's three-run fourth and worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Braves on the mound: Derek Lowe issued two walks and uncorked two wild pitches before recording his second out of the afternoon. But after allowing Endy Chavez to score without the assistance of a hit, the veteran sinkerballer retired the final eight batters that he faced.

Up next: The Braves will play their first night game of the year on Friday, when they host the Astros at 7:05 ET. Jo-Jo Reyes, who tossed three scoreless innings against the Phillies on Sunday, is scheduled to start. Jeff Bennett, Manny Acosta, Phil Stockman and Boone Logan, who are all in the fight for the final bullpen spots, are also scheduled to pitch.

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I wouldnt either that was just the title of the article on the Braves website

i guess its easy to get excited over a homerun for "the natural".... i dont have the time but id be interested in seeing who his 11 homeruns came off of last year... i remember he had like a 2 home run 7 rbi last year against the nationals right? then after that it took him like 100 at bats to get 7 more rbis

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2 for 12 is ST not big either way. Multiple walks better but still not that big yet. 1HR nothing.

My big point would be what are his K's so far if he is still 0-2 K's that is an improvement even with ST being more about the FB.

The first month of the season will tell me what I need.

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