• The Braves will begin having their starting pitchers hit during Monday's game against the Nationals. They used a designated hitter in each of the first 17 games they played this year.
• B.J. Upton recorded three singles on Sunday and got picked off of first base twice by left-hander Wade LeBlanc. He was replaced by pinch-runner Todd Cunningham after notching his third single in the seventh inning. Gonzalez playfully told his center fielder he was making sure he did not get picked off for a third time.
• Chris Johnson's third error of the Grapefruit League season helped the Marlins score two unearned runs off Jonny Venters in Sunday's sixth inning. Venters had not allowed a run in his three previous appearances.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less