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Braves | Evan Gattis to play 1B Thursday

Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis will play first base to remain in the lineup Thursday, April 18, with C Gerald Laird set to catch SP Julio Teheran against the Pittsburgh Pirates. "It's hard to take that bat out of the lineup," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I thought he was fine at first base. The only screw-up was that fly ball and I've seen Gold Glovers miss that play. I'm comfortable to run him out there." Gattis is hitting .324 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 34 at-bats entering Tuesday, April 16.

Fantasy Tip: For fantasy baseball purposes, this is the time to take advantage of Gattis' hot start, too. Freddie Freeman (oblique) will be back from the DL soon, and when Brian McCann (shoulder) returns, there will be considerably less PT for Gattis. Gonzalez isn't worried, saying he'll rest McCann often, but Gattis may cool off with less consistent at-bats.

2013-04-16 16:20:47 | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Michael Cunningham

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