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B.J. Upton chooses Atlanta over Philadelphia

 

The Atlanta Braves have landed one of the top free agents of the 2012 off-season.

On Wednesday, they reached an agreement with former Tampa Bay Rays center fielder B.J. Upton to a fiver-year, $75.25 million contract.

Upton, who’s brother Justin plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was the second overall pick in the 2002 draft. He made his debut with the Rays at age 19 and spent six full seasons with the team.

B.J. Upton (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

B.J. and Justin are the only two brothers in MLB history to be selected in the number one and two slot of the draft (in separate years). The Upton brothers are also the first brothers to make it into the 20-20 club (both have hit 20 home runs and have 20 stolen bases in a season).

The 28-year-old Upton, replaces Michael Bourn, another free agent. He gives the Braves with top-line defense and a much-needed right-handed bat in a lefty dominated lineup.

He batted .246 with a career-low .298 on-base percentage in 2012, but clubbed 28 home runs with 78 RBI’s and 31 stolen bases in 37 attempts.

Upton chose the Braves over NL East rival Philadelphia, whose needed a CF to replace Shane Victorino to the Dodgers last season. Victorino is also a free-agent this off-season.

REDS UPDATE: Sunday, Monday results

compiled from staff and wire reports

SUNDAY

After scoring 27 runs in two wins over the Houston Astros on Friday and Saturday, The Reds couldn’t score any in a 10-inning loss on Sunday.

A Lance Berkman two-run double in the top of the 10th broke a scoreless tie and the Reds lost 2-0 to the last-place Astros, snapping a four-game winning streak.

First-place Cincinnati finished its homestand  with a 5-2 mark before heading to St. Louis for a pivotal three-game series with the second-place club in the National League Central.

Lance Berkman (mlb)

Reds reliever Micah Owings (3-1) issued back-to-back one-out walks to pinch-hitter Cory Sullivan and Michael Bourn and faced Berkman with two outs.

Great American Ball Park is a home away from home for Berkman, who came into the game batting .343 with 21 homers and 53 RBI’s in 50 games in Cincinnati. With two outs against Owings, Berkman hooked his double toward the right-field corner, easily scoring both base-runners.

MONDAY

An hour-long rain delay in St. Louis, Missouri, helped Jaime Garcia re-energized and re-focus.

The St. Louis Cardinals knocked out Bronson Arroyo in the fifth inning and their rookie left-hander overcame a shaky start in a 12-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, forcing a first-place tie in the NL Central.

Albert Pujols extended his streak of reaching base to nine straight plate appearances with two intentional walks and a single his first three at-bats. He finally made an out in the fifth inning, hitting into a double-play. Pujols added an RBI single in a five-run sixth, one day after hitting 3 homers in Chicago.

Jaime Garcia (mlb)

Albert Pujols’ total of 1,151 RBI’s is the fourth best total in major league baseball history for his first 10 seasons, three better than Lou Gehrig. He trails only Al Simmons (1,278), Joe DiMaggio (1,277) and Ted Williams (1,261).

Matt Holliday’s two-run double in the fourth was the go-ahead hit. He’s 9 for 18 the last five games.

Garcia is now 5-2 while Arroyo drops to 5-3.

Cincinnati had won four of their previous five and were in first place alone for five straight days, a season high. Cincinnati starting pitchers had been 10-0 with a 2.55 ERA in the previous 16 games, the longest winning streak for the staff since 1985.

The Reds were 18-12 in May, matching their best win total for the month since going 18-11 in May 2004.