Hale, Boggs appear for Braves in loss to Astros
by The Associated Press
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Walker School alum David Hale made his first start of the spring in the Braves’ split-squad game with Houston. Hale allowed two hits and one earned run over two inning, striking out three.
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Walker School alum David Hale made his first start of the spring in the Braves’ split-squad game with Houston. Hale allowed two hits and one earned run over two inning, striking out three.
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Jarred Cosart pitched two shutout innings and Carlos Corporan had a pair of RBIs to lead the Houston Astros past the Atlanta Braves 7-4 in a split-squad game Sunday.

The Astros, who finished last season in last place in the American League West, went 51-111, their third straight year with 100 or more losses. The game marked the Astros spring home opener.

Jordan Schafer had two more hits for the Braves to raise his spring average to .455. Schafer, who stole 22 bases in 94 games for the Braves last season, is fighting for one of the final outfield spots.

Brandon Boggs replaced Jason Heyward in right field and drove in two runs with a seventh-inning double. The 31-year-old Pope High School product is trying to make it back into the majors for the first time since 2011.

Former Walker School standout David Hale pitched two innings for the Braves and allowed two hits and an earned run while striking out three in his first spring start.

Hale, who had a 0.82 ERA in two starts last year for the Braves, is fighting for a slot at the end of the Braves rotation.

Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen, and Mike Minor should have spots already locked up while Brandon Beachy and Alex Wood have the inside shot at the final two. Hale said he still thinks he can crack the rotation.

“All I can do is my best,” he said. “If I throw my best, I think I have a shot.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez could have stayed back at Walt Disney World where the Braves were playing a split-squad game against the Detroit Tigers, but he chose to make the road trip so he could get a look at Hale.

Tigers 0, Braves (ss) 0 (10 inn.): Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez allowed one hit in two scoreless innings in a game that eventually ended in a tie.

Sanchez was the American League’s ERA leader last year, and he struck out 17 against Atlanta in an electrifying April outing. The Braves struck out only once this time in Sanchez’s abbreviated start.

Ryan Doumit doubled to lead off the Atlanta second and went to third on a groundout by Chris Johnson that nearly hit Sanchez. The Detroit right-hander shook off that close call, striking out Dan Uggla and getting Joey Terdoslavich on a groundout to end the inning.

The 0-0 tie came one day after the Braves lost to Washington 16-15.

Braves left-hander Alex Wood, who is expected to compete for a job in the rotation, allowed three hits in two innings, striking out two.

Wood was helped by two double plays. Torii Hunter grounded into one in the first after Ezequiel Carrera and Victor Martinez hit back-to-back singles. The Tigers also had runners at first and second with one out in the second when Bryan Holaday lined into a double play.

Detroit had seven hits to Atlanta’s six, but this game stayed scoreless, in part because there were seven double plays. The Braves turned four of them.

There was also a baserunning blunder that ended an Atlanta rally in the sixth. Andrelton Simmons tried to go from first to third on Freddie Freeman’s single to right. The relay beat Simmons by about 25 feet for the final out of the inning.
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