Minor to start during season-opening series

Minor to start during season-opening series

VIERA, Fla. -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has not yet announced his Opening Day starting pitcher. But he did reveal that he plans to start southpaw Mike Minor during the regular season's opening series against the left-handed-heavy Mets.

Minor will pitch in the exhibition game against the Braves' Future Stars on Tuesday night, which would line him up to pitch the Sunday afternoon finale against the Mets on April 8.

The Braves have had plenty of reason to be pleased with Minor, who completed the Florida portion of his exhibition schedule by allowing four runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Nationals on Thursday. He kept the Nationals scoreless until they made him pay for the two walks he issued in the sixth inning.

"They sat back and looked at a lot of quality pitches," Minor said. "I felt like the pitches were around the zone. But I guess they've had a lot of [at-bats] and you could just tell they were really seeing it well today."

The only runs scored while Minor was pitching came courtesy of Ryan Zimmerman's two-run home run in the sixth inning. Minor had allowed just two runs in 19 innings in his previous five exhibition starts.