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Fredi holding off on opening Braves rotation


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It seems obvious that the Braves will tab either Tim Hudson or Kris Medlen to serve as this year's Opening Day starting pitcher. Manager Fredi Gonzalez will wait a few more weeks to make the decision and determine the best way to strategically align his starting rotation.

"We're going to see how it goes during Spring Training," Gonzalez said. "Opening Day is a special thing. It is a special start for that guy. We're going to wait a couple weeks to make sure everybody is healthy and see how everything develops. It's not just Opening Day, it's the way you're rotation sets up for the next few days."

With the Phillies coming to Atlanta to open the season, the Braves could use one of their two left-handed starters -- Mike Minor or Paul Maholm -- in the second game of the opening series. This could help against left-handed sluggers Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

But more importantly, this would put the Braves in position to separate the right-handers and left-handers in the rotation.

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