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It's not such a bad thing for them. They weren't going to get the amount of at-bats they needed anyway. In the minor league camp they'll get more playing time. Others demoted include pitchers Daniel Curtis and Gonzalo Lopez, catchers Miguel Bernard and Carlos Mendez, and outfielder Onil Joseph. The scoreless streak by the starting staff is still intact after John Thomson and Horacio Ramirez combined for five shutout innings today in a 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh (the Braves' first Spring Training loss). John Smoltz will try to continue the streak tomorrow (or rather, later today) as he is scheduled to pitch 3 innings against Houston. Ron Gant will join the broadcasting team as an analyst for 17 TBS Xtra games. He'll be paired with Chip Caray and either Don Sutton or Joe Simpson. It appears that in those games there could be a 6 man broadcasting team. 25 days until Opening Day. Notes: Future bright for prospects

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