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• The odds of Evan Gattis beginning the season as Atlanta's backup catcher have continued to improve over the past week. Gattis impressed Gonzalez again on Saturday with the way he handled himself with Maholm on the mound.

• Braves hitting coach Greg Walker was encouraged with what he saw from Justin Upton during Saturday's batting practice. Upton responded a couple hours later by notching his second two-hit game of the exhibition season and first since Feb. 25. The Braves left fielder entered Saturday with three hits in his previous 21 at-bats.

• Juan Francisco hit a home run over the tall yellow wall beyond the right-center-field fence in Friday's loss to the Mets and added another towering shot that hit the center-field video board in Saturday's win over the Yankees. Gonzalez said it is still too early to declare Francisco or Chris Johnson as a favorite to begin the season as Atlanta's starting third baseman.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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