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2011 Atlanta Braves Spring Training: Spring Opener Lineup And Notes

The Atlanta Braves begin their Spring Training schedule Saturday at 1:10 against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Everything you want to know for the opener is right here.

Starting Lineup (found here):
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
Jair Jurrjens, SP

Mark Bowman: "Closer candidates Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters scheduled for Saturday's trip to Port St. Lucie. Oberholtzer too. #Braves"

Bowman also says Randall Delgado will get a couple innings. The Braves are throwing Delgado and Brett Oberholtzer out there quickly, and that's always a sure sign of confidence and intrigue.

Jurrjens will step foot on the mound for the first time since Sept. 14 of last year. There is no doubt he will have his adrenaline pumping. Obviously, don't take much if anything from anyone's first game, but especially Jurrjens. He will go two innings, followed by the youngsters and the two late-innings relievers.

According to David O'Brien, Chipper Jones bounced back with a good day Friday after a not so great day Thursday, which included fluid buildup in his knee. He had his first sliding drill and says he's feeling good. Jones won't play in the opener Saturday, but he's shooting for Sunday, which is a couple days ahead of the schedule laid out earlier this week.

You can watch the game on if you are a subscriber. For Atlanta area residents, the game will be on the radio on 680 AM and 93.7 FM.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.