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Worth noting

• Freeman struck out three times while serving as a designated hitter in his first Minor League rehab game with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday night.

"Hopefully they were all swinging so he could really test his oblique," Gonzalez said.

Freeman was scheduled to play first base on Saturday and Sunday for Gwinnett. If all goes well, he'll be in Atlanta's lineup for Monday's series opener against the Rockies at Coors Field.

• The Braves were held scoreless in each of the three losses they had suffered through their first 16 games of this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last team in franchise history to suffer each of its first three losses in shutout fashion was the 1909 Boston Braves, who were blanked in three consecutive games after beginning 4-0.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for
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