Depleted Braves top Reds behind strong Minor
With Heyward and Uptons out, replacement outfielders come up big
ATLANTA — For just the second time in 94 games this season, the Braves turned in a starting lineup without Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton or Justin Upton roaming the outfield. Their replacements filled the void and then some on Saturday afternoon, finding gaps in the Cincinnati infield with their bats and defying outside expectations with three critical manufactured runs.
Outfielders Joey Terdoslavich, Jose Constanza and Reed Johnson combined to go 7-for-11 at the plate, and Mike Minor atoned for a shaky beginning to his start with the go-ahead two-run double as the Braves grinded out a 5-2 win over the Reds on Saturday afternoon at Turner Field.
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Heyward, Uptons won’t return before All-Star break
ATLANTA — While Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Justin Upton won’t see the field until after the All-Star break, some encouraging initial reports on Saturday morning indicated that the Braves could have at least one member of their ailing Opening Day outfield back in the lineup by the time the team opens its first series after the break in Chicago on Friday.