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ATLANTA —The Atlanta Braves are moving to a six-man rotation for two weeks. Russell Wilson Jersey . Manager Fredi
Gonzalez said Monday hell pick the best five starters at the end of August. The
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have to go to the bullpen and thats just the way it is.” Gonzalez said he will
not defer to seniority when picking his five-man rotation for September as the
Braves chase first-place Washington in the NL East. “No, well go with our best
five and I can promise you on that,” he said. “Our best five, or the five
healthiest guys.” The Braves created a surplus in their rotation last month by
trading for Paul Maholm, signing Ben Sheets and moving Kris Medlen from the
bullpen. Right-hander Tommy Hanson, who leads Atlanta with 12 wins, returns from
the disabled list this week and will start on Friday against the Dodgers. Hanson
has been out with a strained lower back since July 31. There are other health
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majors in almost two years last month. Gonzalez said he is moving to the six-man
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NL wild card on the last day of the regular season. Medlen is 2-0 as a starter,
allowing only three earned runs in three starts. He also has been effective in
the bullpen and said he is comfortable in either role. “Ive been saying the
entire time, whenever I get the ball, starter or reliever, Im good,” Medlen said
Monday. “I dont get too caught up in trying to figure out whats going on. Thats
when you get caught with something unexpected. “I know Im starting Thursday and
I take it from there, one start at a time.” Gonzalez says Medlen will stick in
the rotation if his success continues. Medlen is 3-1 overall with one save and a
2.38 ERA. Sheets is 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA in six starts. His worst start came in
Sundays 6-5 loss to the Mets when he gave up five runs, four earned, in six
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in-depth looks at the Associations 30 teams.FORT WORTH, Texas – Zach Johnson was
so caught up in the emotion of another Colonial title and a victory in honour of
his caddies late father that he forgot to properly remark his ball before his
final putt. Even with a two-stroke penalty, Johnson won by one over Jason Dufner
and got to slip on the plaid jacket Sunday for his first victory since also
winning at Hogans Alley two years ago. “Theres a number of adjectives Im calling
myself right now. And lucky would be the biggest one,” Johnson said. “Blessed
would be another one, humbled would be another one. Its an honour to put this
jacket on once. ... Im in shock I got it twice.” Johnson moved his original ball
mark out of the line of Dufners putt on the 18th green. But he never moved it
back before his final 5-foot putt. The penalty was assessed before he signed his
scorecard, and Johnsons 12-under 268 total was enough to edge Dufner, who
finally faltered and closed with a 74. Johnson had already shared celebratory
hugs and kisses with his two young sons and done a winners television interview
before caddie Damon Green, prompted by a rules official, asked the 2007 Masters
champion if he had put his ball back in its original spot. “First time it
crossed my mind,” Johnson said. “Its not going to be the last time.” The victory
came 10 days after Greens 88-year old father died from stomach cancer. After
Johnsons runner-up finish at The Players Championship two weeks ago, the caddie
drove to Pensacola, Fla., to see his father. But Damon Green was ready to get
back on the course this week. “He wanted to be here, he felt like his dad wanted
him to be here,” Johnson about his caddie of 10 years. “I think hes the one that
deserves this one more than I do. His courage and certainly his strength to get
through last week and then work, and work well this week, to stay focused
somehow. Thats really commendable.” It is the eighth PGA Tour victory for
Johnson, who won $1,152,000 even as his record streak of 15 consecutive
under-par rounds at Colonial ended. Tommy Gainey was a distant third at 7 under
after a 67, a stroke better than Jim Furyk. In what was essentially a match-play
final round, Johnson took command at the 414-yard 15th hole. Dufners approach
hit the left side of that green then rolled into a ditch, leading to a triple
bogey that put him four strokes back after Johnsons par. Dufners only two PGA
Tour victories came in the previous four weeks, a stretch when he also got
married. After winning last week at the Byron Nelson Championship, he was trying
to match Ben Hogan, his hero, as the only players to win both PGA Tour events in
the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the same year. Hogan did it in 1946, when the
tournaments werent played in consecutive weeks. “Pretty good run, today
obviously a little disappointing to play that poorly and not kind of a chance
there at the end,” said Dufner, insisting fatigue didnt come into play. “I feel
pretty good actually. ... I just played really poorly today. Chris Clemons Jer