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Braves Power-Infused Line-Up

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves took Tuesday off after opening the season with a 7-5 win over the Phillies on Monday night at Turner Field.

Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and newcomer Justin Upton showcased Atlanta's power-infused line-up.  All three players homered in that one for the Braves.

"We have an extremely talented team," second baseman Uggla said.  "For us to have at bats like we did, in a postseason atmosphere, a lot of fun."

Fans won't be the only ones having fun watching this Braves line-up this year, the players say they will also be entertained.

"I call them create-a-players," first baseman Freeman said.  "They're 99 across the board like in a video game."

"It's going to be great to watch them all year," Braves opening day starter and former Auburn pitcher Tim Hudson said. "I feel very happy with what we're throwing out there one through nine."

The Braves offense should be able to go blow-for-blow with any team in the league which is relief for the pitching staff.

"Obviously you don't want to rely on that," pitcher Paul Maholm said.  "You want to go out there and pitch your game.  It's less stressful when they put 4-5 runs up."

The Braves continue their opening series with Philadelphia Tuesday night at Turner Field.

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