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ATL@MIA: Minor tosses 5 2/3 scoreless innings

Baseball's hottest team gave its home fans a treat with Tuesday's comeback win, and it doesn't look like they'll slow down anytime soon.

Atlanta has only lost once this season, due in no small part to their league-leading ERA (1.83) and impressive power, despite underwhelming performances by B.J. Upton, Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla. The three are hitting under the Mendoza Line this season, owning .152, .116, and .178 averages respectively. Regardless, Atlanta got a power boost Tuesday with three eighth-inning homers courtesy of Justin Upton, Heyward, and Uggla to keep their winning streak alive.

The Braves will try to reach 11 straight wins Wednesday, as their starter Mike Minor matches up with the Royals' Wade Davis. Both Davis and Minor haven't lost a game this season, but will both have to figure out clubs they haven't faced that much over their careers.

Davis has the experience edge, hurling for a five-inning loss for the Rays back in 2010. He gave up three earned runs through five innings in that contest, but is coming off a better performance in his only win this season. The right-hander pitched five scoreless innings as the Royals shut out the Twins, and his club will need that sort of performance out of him Wednesday as he takes on Minor.

Minor has scorched this year, extending last season's success from the mound to allow just one run in 13 innings through his first two starts. The lefty hasn't faced off against the Royals over his four-year career.

Braves: Wood impresses
As if Atlanta's rotation needed more help, second-round pick Alex Wood shined in his five Grapefruit League appearances, allowing one run over nine innings.

"I like this kid the more and more I see him pitch," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "His delivery is funky, and there is some good stuff coming out of it."

The 22-year-old starter is ranked as the No. 6 Braves prospect according to, but is prompting interest from the club's bullpen. Woods picked up a couple of saves during Spring Training, and said he'd be fine with either role.

"I'd be fine with either," said Wood, who has a mid-90s fastball and a solid changeup. "I feel fortunate just to have this opportunity with the Braves. I'm chasing the dream."

Royals: Butler cold in Atlanta
Without the luxury of a DH spot, Billy Butler has struggled against the Braves. The re-purposed hitter struck out in his only plate appearance Tuesday, and is just 2-for-14 at Turner Field over his career.

Worth noting
• Braves relief pitcher Luis Avilan was helped off the field Tuesday after injuring his left leg on a balk in the top of the ninth. Avilan has been an asset to Atlanta in the absence of left-hander Jonny Venters, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 2. Avilan was excellent for the Braves in the '12 season, logging a 2.00 ERA through 36 innings. The lefty has allowed zero runs in 4 1/3 innings this season.

• The Royals' Alex Gordon has been on fire since a chilly 0-for-3 performance against Chicago at the start of this year's season. The Royals left fielder has hit safely in each of his last 12 games, going 21-for-53 for the longest active streak in the American League. Comments