ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves are inviting fans to celebrate
Bobby Cox's career this season.
Cox, who plans to retire after this season, would prefer to
celebrate a return to the playoffs.
The 68-year-old Cox is counting on 20-year-old Jason Heyward to
help lead the Braves back to the postseason.
Heyward, the rookie outfielder, caused a stir in spring training
with his long home runs and won the starting job in right field.
Chipper Jones and first baseman Troy Glaus are keys in the
middle of the lineup.
Atlanta's strength in Cox's final season as manager is starting
pitching, the same as in most of the last two decades. Even after
dealing Vazquez, the Braves have a strong top four of Derek Lowe,
Jair Jurrjens, Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson.
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