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Bethancourt collects three hits with Triple-A Gwinnett

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Catcher Christian Bethancourt returned to Triple-A Gwinnett's lineup Monday after spending a week on the disabled list due to a bruised left hand he suffered when he was hit by a foul tip. Tuesday, the Braves' No. 3 prospect collected three hits and homered to lead Gwinnett to a 7-1 victory against Durham.

Bethancourt, ranked No. 80 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, finished the night 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. His home run was his eighth of the season and third in the last three weeks.

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Center fielder Todd Cunningham, the Braves' No. 18 prospect, went 2-for-3 with two runs, two walks and a stolen base.

In 86 games with Gwinnett this season, Bethancourt is hitting .273/.296/.404. He also spent a few weeks in the Major Leagues, serving as the Braves catcher while Evan Gattis was on the disabled list in July. He hit .240/.283/.260 in 13 games.

Bethancourt is expected to return to Atlanta when the Minor League season ends and Major League rosters expand next week.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Teddy Cahill 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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