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Hudson struggles as Braves fall to Jays

Hudson struggles as Braves fall to Jays

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Blue Jays 3, Braves 0
at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Saturday, March 13

Blue Jays at the plate: Continuing his fight to win one of the final roster spots, Mike McCoy enjoyed a two-hit peformance that improved his batting average to .667 (8-for-12). His third-inning leadoff single sparked a two-run frame that included an RBI single from Jeremy Reed, who joined Brad Emaus as the other Toronto players who contributed multiple-hit performances.

Braves at the plate: Having played just three innings during the two previous days, the Braves showed some rust while recording just three singles through the first five innings. Martin Prado recorded a first-inning single before being erased by Chipper Jones' double-play groundout. Jones has grounded into a double play three times in his first 12 at-bats of the spring.

Blue Jays on the mound: Starter Ricky Romero proved to be effectively wild while pitching around four walks and allowing just two hits in his four scoreless innings. While Romero improved his chances to be named the Opening Day starter, Dana Eveland enhanced his bid for a rotation spot with three scoreless innings. Eveland, who is out of options, surrendered two hits and recorded four strikeouts.

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Braves on the mound: Tim Hudson experienced a shaky outing while allowing three runs, two earned, and seven hits in four innings. The veteran right-hander also committed two throwing errors during this outing that was further marred by his two throwing errors. After Billy Wagner contributed a second consecutive scoreless one-inning appearance, Peter Moylan allowed a hit and issued a walk in a scoreless sixth inning.

Worth noting: When Romero got Troy Glaus to ground out to begin the second inning, he became the first pitcher since March 4 to retire the Braves' first baseman, who had reached safely in each of his previous 10 plate appearances. Glaus had also recorded a hit in each of his previous eight at-bats.

Grapefruit League records: Blue Jays 6-3; Braves 6-4

Up next: The Braves will play their only split squads of the year on Sunday afternoon, with one group playing the Blue Jays in Dunedin and the other traveling across town to face the Astros in Kissimmee, both live on Gameday Audio. Kenshin Kawakami will get the start against the Astros, and Kris Medlen will start against the Blue Jays. Jason Heyward, who has played just three innings since Tuesday because of rain and a minor back ailment, is scheduled to make the trip to Dunedin. Jones and Brian McCann headline the cast slated to play the Astros.

The Blue Jays will have their entire roster available when they welcome the Braves' split-squad to Dunedin for Sunday's 1:05 p.m. ET contest on Gameday Audio. They will send Brandon Morrow to the mound for his second start of the Grapefruit League season. The former closer tossed two scoreless innings against the Phillies on March 5.

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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