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Extra bases

• Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez joked that they will have to change their signs when they face the Cubs because of new Chicago first-base coach Eric Hinske, who played in Atlanta.

"It brings a smile to my face," Gonzalez said when asked about Hinske on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings. "He was a coach long before he knew he was a coach, because of his presence in the clubhouse.

"He's going to hold those players accountable. He is a smart baseball person. And nobody wants to win more than he does. He brings that experience to the postseason. ... I think the Cubs are lucky to have a guy like that."

Hinske played 12 seasons, including three in Atlanta, and finished his career this past season with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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