Braves 2, Marlins 1

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was more surprised than

concerned after Kris Medlen was hit by two line drives Wednesday


Medlen pitched 4 2-3 scoreless innings, then left the Braves’

2-1 win over the Miami Marlins when he was hit by a line drive for

the second time.

”I’m surprised the balls hit him because usually he makes those

plays. He’s that good of an athlete,” Gonzalez said. ”I think we

dodged a bullet with him getting hit.”

Rob Brantly lined a single off Medlen’s left shoe with one out

in the fourth, and Casey Kotchman hit the right-hander’s pitching

arm in the fifth. Medlen was replaced for precautionary reasons by

Jonny Venters.

”It’s tightening up a tad bit, but I don’t anticipate any

changes in scheduling,” said Medlen, who was hit on the back of

his triceps. ”It feels fine. Ready to go for next time.”

Brantly’s liner hit the tip of Medlen’s spikes before

ricocheting toward shortstop.

”I wear 10 1-2 shoes, but I wear 11 in cleats,” Medlen said.

”So it was nowhere near my foot.”

Medlen struck out three and 33 of his 49 pitches were strikes.

The balls off Medlen were the Marlins’ only hits.

”He was really sharp,” Gonzalez said.

Miami’s Chris Valaika led off the third by hitting a long fly to

left-center – much closer to center – where left fielder Justin

Upton tracked it down on the warning track while his brother,

center fielder B.J. Upton, watched.

”B.J. never saw it off the bat,” Gonzalez said. ”I told

Justin, in front of B.J., `We didn’t trade for you to play center


Freddie Freeman homered off Nathan Eovaldi leading off the

second, his third home run of spring training. Chris Johnson added

a tiebreaking single against Jonathan Albaladejo with two outs in

the ninth.

Eovaldi gave up three hits and struck out four in five


”Playing under the lights is just a different atmosphere,”

Eovaldi said. ”We’re so used to playing under the lights, so being

able to get out and get a start out there was nice. It was


Venters forced in a run in the sixth when he walked four

straight batters.

B.J. Upton had a single and double in three at-bats for the

Braves and is batting .429 (18 for 42).

NOTES: Miami used the designated hitter; Atlanta did not. …

The Marlins reassigned RHP Jose Fernandez and OF Jake Marisnick to

minor league camp. RHP Chris Hatcher was optioned to Triple-A New

Orleans (Pacific Coast League). Fernandez, Miami’s top prospect, is

expected to start the season at Double-A. ”He was very impressive.

His day will come,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. …

Gonzalez said Matt Kennelly probably won’t be able to catch

Thursday after developing a blood blister on a right-hand finger

when he was hit by a pitch while attempting to bunt. … Former NFL

coach Bill Parcells attended the game and stood near the batting

cage while each team took batting practice. ”He said he saw me

play Double-A at Portland,” Redmond said. … Marlins 1B Joe

Mahoney (oblique) was sidelined and in Redmond’s words, ”unable to

do anything.” Redmond said Mahoney would be evaluated again