The Atlanta Braves return home to Turner Field this weekend for a final spring tuneup before the beginning of the regular season. The Braves will play host to the Cleveland Indians tonight and tomorrow in exhibition games, then open the season Sunday at Washington.
Yesterday, Oliver Perez held Atlanta to seven hits and three runs in six-and-a-third innings in a 9-4 exhibition victory by the New York Mets.
Perez gave up one walk and had four strikeouts as the Mets and Braves each relied heavily on backups. The Mets won each of three spring games between the National League East rivals.
The Braves, playing their last spring game in Florida, opened the game with three relievers from their major league roster. They then turned the game over to minor league right-hander Charlie Morton, who gave up three runs on three hits and four walks in three innings. Three minor league relievers finished up for Atlanta.