LAKE BUENA VISTA FL - FEBRUARY 21: Jason Heyward #22 of the Atlanta Braves walks out to practice during a spring training workout at Champion Stadium on February 21 2011 in Lake Buena Vista Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Braves Vs. Mets: Spring Training Opening Game In Port St. Lucie

At 1:10 pm ET, the Atlanta Braves travel to Port St. Lucie to play the New York Mets. The first crack of the bat can be heard on 680 AM and 93.7 FM for those in the Atlanta area.

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Braves vs. Mets Minor League Report: Wilkin Ramirez Records Two Hits, Cristhian Martinez Looks Solid In Opener

While Randall Delgado and Brett Oberholtzer made the trip to Port St. Lucie for the first Braves Spring Training game, they were only emergency pitchers and did not see any time on the mound. That means we didn't get to see much from the minor league crew in the first spring game, but there are a couple relievers worth mentioning.

Wilkin Ramirez had two singles, one off Manny Acosta and the other off Armando Rodriguez. The 25-year-old outfielder hit 15 home runs in AA last season, but getting on base has always been his issue. He isn't making any sort of push for the big league club, but he provides solid depth as an outfielder capable of manning center. He also got a shoutout by David O'Brien today, saying he displayed good speed in beating out a grounder for one of the singles.

Jose Constanza is one you should keep a distant eye on for the fourth outfielder job. He singled once in two trips, the hit coming off Rodriguez to lead off the 10th. Constanza has been old for his leagues but has displayed solid on-base ability and has good speed.

Speaking of fourth outfielder, Matt Young went 0-1 with a walk and RBI. He drove in a run on a fielder's choice. The walk is the norm for Young; he had 97 of them in 2009.

Cristhian Martinez pitched a solid 1.2 innings. He bailed Craig Kimbrel out of his mess by inducing a double play to Lucas Duda to end the inning. He then got a strikeout of Nick Evans and groundouts by Mike Nickeas and Daniel Murphy in the sixth.

Anthony Varvaro pitched a perfect inning but against all fellow minor leaguers. Stephen Marek pitched a scoreless inning. He allowed a leadoff walk, but he struck out Jason Pridie, got Duda to fly out, and after an error extended the inning, got Mickeas to strike out.

Juan Abreu gave up a walk, single and double to minor leaguers, the double by Jordany Valdespin driving in a run. He picked up two strikeouts and walked another, which is a pretty good example of how he does business.

Michael Broadway gave up a single and two-run home run to Willie Harris in the 10th. Broadway is a fringe relief prospect who probably has a better chance of not making the big leagues than actually making it.


Braves vs. Mets: Freddie Freeman Records Three Doubles, Jair Jurrjens Looks Strong In Two Innings

Freddie Freeman picked up three doubles and Jair Jurrjens looked good over two innings in the Braves' first spring game against the Mets.

For infielders, Freeman went 3-3 with three doubles and a run scored. Reserve second baseman Ed Lucas added two singles and two RBI. Brooks Conrad went hitless in three at bats, including two strikeouts, and added an error. Brandon Hicks and Shawn Bowman were both hitless. Diory Hernandez added one hit in four trips.

Freeman's first double came off Jenrry Mejia, the second off Pedro Beato and the third off Taylor Buchholz.

For outfielders, Jordan Schafer picked up a double in four trips. Wilkin Ramirez had two hits. Eric Hinske hit a solo homer for his only hit. Nate McLouth was hitless in one trip, and Matt Young picked up a RBI.

Hinske's homer came off Beato. Schafer's double came off Buchholz.

For pitchers, Jurrjens allowed two hits in two scoreless innings, not walking any and striking out one. He was efficient, throwing strikes and getting grounders. Jonny Venters, Eric O'Flaherty, Cristhian Martinez, Anthony Varvaro and Stephen Marek each pitched at least a scoreless inning. Craig Kimbrel had a rough start, allowing two hits, two walks and two runs in a third of an inning, including a home run to Fernando Martinez. Juan Abreu allowed two hits, two walks and a run. Michael Broadway gave up a home run to Willie Harris.

What to Take:
Nothing. It was the first spring game. Taking anything from any of these performances is not smart.

Again, no stock has changed in a player based on the first game.

According to David O'Brien, Chipper Jones and Dan Uggla are penciled in to start Sunday's game against the Mets. Martin Prado will also start. Jones will be at DH.


Braves Vs. Mets: Spring Training Opening Game In Port St. Lucie

The Atlanta Braves begin spring game action against the New York Mets at 1:10 pm ET today, with Jair Jurrjens getting the start for the Braves. This is Fredi Gonzalez' first game as Braves skipper, and Freddie Freeman gets the start from day one, batting No. 6. Here's the rest of the lineup for the first competitive Braves action since October:

1. Jordan Schafer, DH
2. Nate McLouth, CF
3. Jason Heyward, RF
4. Brian McCann, C
5. Eric Hinske, LF
6. Freddie Freeman, 1B
7. Brooks Conrad, 2B
8. Brandon Hicks, 3B
9. Diory Hernandez, SS

Chipper Jones is expected to take the field soon, but won't be ready for today's game. Jurrjens will be followed by Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny VentersCraig KimbrelCristhian MartinezAnthony Varvaro, and Stephen Marekaccording to Talking Chop.

For more on this game, Braves fans should join Talking Chop and SB Nation Atlanta, while Mets fans should head to Amazin' Avenue and SB Nation New York. Visit our 2011 Atlanta Braves spring training StoryStream for more Braves.

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