Tosca sticking to game plan while filling in as manager

SAN FRANCISCO -- Carlos Tosca has served as a Major League manager and has aspirations to do so again. But while serving as the Braves manager in Fredi Gonzalez's absence this weekend, Tosca will not attempt to make any earth-shattering decisions that would conflict with Gonzalez's managerial philosophies.

"Managing somebody else's team is not exactly what I call managing," Tosca said. "It's an honor to do it. It's an honor to do it for the Atlanta Braves. But we're going to go on with business as usual here. This is Fredi's team and the Atlanta Braves' team. We're going to try to be as consistent as we can depending on what the situation gives us."

Gonzalez will miss Friday and Saturday's games against the Giants while attending his daughter's graduation from Georgia Southern University. He discussed lineup plans with Tosca before leaving San Francisco early Friday morning.

Tosca also served as the bench coach for Gonzalez when he managed the Marlins. Their relationship dates back to 1982, when Gonzalez was an 18-year-old catcher for a Gulf Coast League Yankees club managed by Tosca. They were reunited as Minor League managers in the Marlins system.

"There is not going to be anything unveiled that is not consistent with what [Gonzalez] does," said Tosca, who was 191-191 while serving as Toronto's manager from 2002-04.

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