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Worth noting

• B.J. Upton has been making an hour-long commute from his Tampa-area home since the start of Spring Training. He will have a chance to play a couple of personal "home games" when the Braves travel to Clearwater, Fla, to play the Phillies on Friday and then send a split squad to play the Blue Jays at Dunedin on Saturday. Both Clearwater and Dunedin are located approximately 20 minutes from his home.

• Luis Avilan's command was not as sharp as usual on Thursday, as he allowed three runs and four hits in the seventh inning against the Nationals. It was the first time for Avilan pitching on back-to-back days this year. He completed one inning in a Minor League game on Wednesday.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for
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