Braves dump Mets, own best record this spring

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday March 18, 2009

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Tommy Hanson and Livan Hernandez made progress on Wednesday in their bids to open the season in the major leagues.

Hanson, a highly touted rookie for the Atlanta Braves, gave up a two-run homer to Fernando Tatis in the first inning but eventually settled down and didn't give up another run during his four innings of work against the New York Mets. The first-inning runs were unearned.

Martin Prado hit a three-run homer for the Braves. Hernandez, a veteran journeyman who spent parts of last season with Minnesota and Colorado, pitched five innings for the Mets in his bid for a place in their rotation. He gave up one run and five hits, issued no walks and had three strikeouts.

Jordan Schafer and Brandon Jones each had three hits for Atlanta.

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