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"When you traded for me, back in 2008, I was a part-time player - closer to 30 than 20 - who had already bounced around between four teams in this league".

ATLANTA (AP) - Jose Bautista stopped short of saying he won't be flipping bats with the Atlanta Braves.

While the Braves (19-11) were going 7-3 on a road trip to Cincinnati, Philadelphia and NY, the Giants (16-15) were posting the same record on a 10-game homestand against Washington, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego. Bautista, originally a third baseman but a long time corner outfielder, will return to third base duties for Atlanta. "You can tell the energy they bring every day and the athleticism that (allows them) to do special things".

Bautista was officially called up by the Braves Friday and will head straight into the starting lineup, batting fifth and playing third base against the Giants.

He spent the last 10 seasons with the Blue Jays, who last season had a testy three-game series in Atlanta. "But it's about adjustments and my body is ready to go".

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It's not enough that the Atlanta Braves are - somewhat surprisingly - in first place in the NL East.

Blach has a 2.81 ERA on the road this season compared to 5.06 at home, but it was in San Francisco last May where he limited the Braves to six hits and two runs over 7 2/3 innings in a victory.

After completing a sweep of the Mets on Thursday, Braves manager Brian Snitker said, "I think they're going to be pumped".

numberFire's models project Flowers to score 9.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,000 on Friday for a Braves team with an implied total of 4.85 runs.


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