Braves' Gattis takes strange road to the majors

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email

ATLANTA (AP) -- Evan Gattis took a long, strange road to the big leagues.

Now that he's finally made it, he's sure taking advantage of the opportunity.

The 26-year-old Atlanta Braves rookie has already hit 10 homers, which ranks fifth in the National League, and he's second on the team with 27 RBIs. He's had a penchant for the dramatic, with four of his homers coming in the eighth inning or later, all of them driving in the tying or go-ahead runs.

The other night against the Twins, Gattis hit a tying pinch-hit homer with the two outs in the bottom of the ninth. He followed the next day with the first grand slam of his career.

What makes this even more compelling: Gattis quit baseball for nearly four years, returning in 2010.

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