Mar 25, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Ramiro Pena (14) forces out Detroit Tigers shortstop Alex Gonzalez (28) and throws the ball to first for a double play during the fifth inning at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The regular season is upon us for the Atlanta Braves, and the final Spring Training game is set to take place on Thursday afternoon as the team travels to face the Detroit Tigers. Newly-signed starting pitcher Aaron Harang grabs the majority of the headlines in this one as he prepares for his first appearance in an Atlanta uniform, and it will be incredibly interesting to see how he fares, especially given the fact that Braves Country seems utterly underwhelmed by his acquisition.
In addition to the monitoring of Harang, the Braves are rolling out a lineup full of 25-man roster “locks” in this game. Ryan Doumit gets the nod to play some outfield here with Jason Heyward in the DH role, and while Doumit has been a lackluster defender everywhere he’s played (including catcher), Fredi Gonzalez will need to trust him enough to play him in the outfield in order to maximize his potential bench value. Dan Uggla batting ahead of Evan Gattis is also interesting, although we’ve cautioned everyone (repeatedly) in the past to be wary of Spring Training lineup construction.
Here is a look at the particulars for Thursday:
Date: March 27, 2014
Start Time: 1:05 p.m.
TV Channel: SportSouth
Radio: 1230/1340 AM (Local in Atlanta), Full list of Local Affiliates
Live Stream: MLB.tv (Click Here, $$)
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