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Braves rout the Tigers in spring training

Braves rout the Tigers in spring training

Jason Heyward stroked his fourth home run of the spring in the Atlanta Braves' 12-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.

Braves obtain veteran catcher Ryan Doumit from Twins

ATLANTA, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Braves Wednesday acquired veteran catcher Ryan Doumit from Minnesota in a trade for left-handed pitching prospect Sean Gilmartin.

MLB: Atlanta 12, Philadelphia 5

ATLANTA, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Elliot Johnson drove in five runs and Gerald Laird went 4-for-4 with four runs scored Sunday in the Atlanta Braves' season-ending 12-5 rout of Philadelphia.

MLB: Atlanta 7, Miami 1 (14 innings)

MIAMI, July 8 (UPI) -- Justin Upton's tiebreaking two-run double in the 14th inning triggered a six-run outburst Monday that carried the Atlanta Braves over Miami 7-1.

MLB: Atlanta 5, Pittsburgh 0

ATLANTA, June 5 (UPI) -- Julio Teheran took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and struck out 11 Wednesday in the Atlanta Braves' 5-0 win over Pittsburgh.

MLB: Atlanta 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 2

ATLANTA, May 19 (UPI) -- Ramiro Pena's sacrifice fly put Atlanta ahead in the eighth inning Sunday and the Braves rallied to post a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB: Atlanta 3, Washington 2

ATLANTA, April 29 (UPI) -- Andrelton Simmons' seventh-inning sacrifice fly Monday sent Gerald Laird home with the go-ahead run in the Atlanta Braves' 3-2 win over Washington.

MLB: Atlanta 10, Colorado 2 (2nd game)

DENVER, April 24 (UPI) -- The Upton brothers stroked back-to-back home runs Tuesday to give the Atlanta Braves a 10-2 win over Colorado and a sweep of their doubleheader at Coors Field.

MLB: Pittsburgh 4, Atlanta 2

PITTSBURGH, April 21 (UPI) -- Clint Barmes put Pittsburgh ahead with a run-scoring infield single in the sixth inning Sunday and the Pirates went on to post a 4-2 win over Atlanta.
MLB: San Francisco 2, Detroit 0

MLB: San Francisco 2, Detroit 0

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Madison Bumgarner combined with two relievers on a two-hitter Thursday that lifted San Francisco to a 2-0 win over Detroit and a two-game World Series lead.

MLB: Oakland 12, Detroit 4

DETROIT, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- George Kottaras had a two-run triple that gave Oakland the lead Thursday and the Athletics rolled from there for a 12-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.

MLB: Detroit 8, Minnesota 4

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Andy Dirks socked a go-ahead solo homer in the sixth inning Tuesday and the Detroit Tigers went on to an 8-4 victory over Minnesota.

MLB: New York Yankees 4, Detroit 3

DETROIT, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Rafael Soriano pitched out of a ninth-inning jam Thursday and saved the New York Yankees' 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.

MLB: Boston 7, Detroit 4

BOSTON, May 28 (UPI) -- Felix Doubront tossed six solid innings Monday and the Boston Red Sox banged out 13 hits Monday in their 7-4 victory over Detroit.

MLB: Detroit 4, Kansas City 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 19 (UPI) -- Prince Fielder drove in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning Wednesday, propelling the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 win over Kansas City and a three-game sweep.
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Gerald Lee Laird III (born November 13, 1979, in Westminster, California) is a Major League Baseball catcher with the St. Louis Cardinals. He graduated La Quinta High School in 1998, and then went on to play college baseball for Cypress College.

Laird was originally a second round draft choice of the Oakland Athletics in 1998, but initially held out for more money. When Oakland declined, Laird attended Cypress College, where he led the school's baseball squad to the finals. In June 1999, Oakland and Laird negotiated a new contract. In his first minor league season, 1999, Laird played 60 games with the Low-A Southern Oregon Timberjacks, where he batted .285. Laird split the 2000 season between the Rookie-level Arizona League Athletics and High-A Visalia Oaks, but a broken wrist limited his playing time. Going in to the 2001 season he was considered a top prospect, but batted .255 with the Modesto A's.

Prior to the 2002 season Oakland traded Laird to the Texas Rangers along with Ryan Ludwick, Jason Hart, and Mario Ramos, for first baseman Carlos Pena and pitcher Mike Venafro. Texas assigned Laird to the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, where his strong defensive play and improved batting average (.276) drew plaudits.

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