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Heyward's 3-run homer helps Braves beat Cubs 16-5

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA (AP) - Jason Heyward hit like The Hammer in his Atlanta
Braves debut.

Minutes after catching the ceremonial first pitch from Hank
Aaron, Heyward hit a three-run homer in his first major league
at-bat to spark the Braves to a 16-5 opening win Monday over Carlos
Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs.

Heyward, who had a run-scoring single in the eighth, was 2-for-5
with four RBIs.

Yunel Escobar drove in a career-high five runs as Zambrano gave
up eight runs in 1 1-3 innings, matching the shortest of 239 career
starts.

With fans in the sellout crowd chanting "Let's go, Heyward,"
the rookie's first-inning homer into the Braves' bullpen behind the
right-field wall gave Atlanta a 6-3 lead.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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