Braves Surprise Line-Up In Opener Against Twins

Braves Catcher Laird

Gerald Laird will start tonight and hit fifth

Always interesting to see what the Braves line-up will be on a game-to-game basis.  Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is always good for a surprise or two.

Today’s line-up against the Twins is no exception.  Gerald Laird will catch and bat.. fifth!!  Laird has been catching Teheran most games this season, so no surprise that he is in the line-up today.  But hitting fifth is a  big surprise!

The other situation we were tracking is whether Gonzalez would keep the hot-hitting Jordan Schafer in the line-up again today to face Twins’ right-handed starter, Kevin Correia.

But no dice, the struggling B.J. Upton will get the start tonight and play center field.  Although Upton will be hitting in his now familiar eighth spot in the batting order.

Here is tonight’s line-up against the Twins:

1. SS Simmons
2. RF Heyward
3. LF Upton
4. 1B Freeman
5. C Laird
6. 2B Uggla
7. 3B Francisco
8. CF Upton
9. P Teheran