Rookie Tommy Hanson pitches well in Braves win

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday March 3, 2009

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Tommy Hanson allowed an unearned run and two hits in three innings of the Atlanta Braves' 11-2 victory Tuesday over Panama, which was playing its first World Baseball Classic tuneup.

The 22-year-old Hanson struck out the side in the first. He fanned Astros slugger Carlos Lee with a fastball away, much like he did last week when he faced the Astros in his first outing.

Although Braves manager Bobby Cox has raved about Hanson this spring, he also has proven starters Derek Lowe, Javier Vazquez, Kenshin Kawakami, Jair Jurrjens and Tom Glavine. The Braves spent the offseason rebuilding their staff, thinking Hanson needed more time to develop.

The Braves had 14 hits against five pitchers and hardly looked threatened after their four-run second inning. Panama also had three errors.

Manny Acosta, the Panama native who opted against playing for the national team because of his uncertain status on the Braves roster, allowed a hit on one inning.

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