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Braves beat Padres 5-2 on opening night at new stadium

Braves beat Padres 5-2 on opening night at new stadium

It is also worth noting that Cahill will get the start on Sunday afternoon as the 5-7 Padres battle it out with the 4-6 Atlanta Braves. At the time, Braves Club President John Schuerholz said that Turner Field, where the team played from 1997 until the end of last season, needed "hundreds of millions of dollars of upgrades".

Markakis, who grew up in nearby Woodstock, Georgia, put the Braves ahead in the first with a two-run double off Jhoulys Chacin (1-2).

Notes: Braves Gold Glove CF Ender Inciarte made a diving catch to rob Padres RF Hunter Renfroe of a hit in the fourth inning.

A sold-out crowd of 41,149 attended the Braves' first regular-season game at SunTrust Park, a 5-2 win against the San Diego Padres.

The Braves are looking to go 2-0 at SunTrust Park.

"It was a special night for me and for a lot of people", said Inciarte, who was coming off a two-homer game at Miami.

They saw the Braves win their second consecutive game after a 1-6 start.

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Cordobo, taken in the winter-meeting draft, had a walk and an infield hit in his first start in left field. Inciarte gave Atlanta some breathing room in the sixth with a two-run shot to right.

With three homers in two games, Inciarte matched his power output for all of last season.

"I told Matt he's got to get ready quick", Inciarte quipped.

"I thought it was a very encouraging outing for him". San Diego found an unlikely source for offense in Saturday's loss as catcher Austin Hedges - who came into the game just 2-for-31 on the season - collected two hits and slugged a solo homer. Jim Johnson would close it out for the Braves, working a 1-2-3 ninth.

"I would venture a guess the word mumbled the most - maybe not even mumbled - would be "Wow, '" the Braves" icon said. "The bullpen picked me up and we won the (Wednesday) game".

It may be the latest installment in the history of Major League Baseball stadiums - the Texas Rangers have announced a new stadium plan - but there are concerns.

Before the game, Hank Aaron threw out the first pitch after throwing out the first pitch for the last game at Turner Field.

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The 83-year-old Aaron used a cane as he walked onto the field in front of the mound.

"It's really, really nice", San Diego's Wil Myers said of SunTrust Park. "I went up there and said, 'You know what, I'm going to try to hit this ball as far as I can, ' and the next thing you know I did".

"The back wasn't an issue and I didn't think about it", Cahill said.

In taking advantage of a spiraling Blue Jays team off to its worst start in club history (1-9), the win was the Orioles' third straight overall and kept them in first place in the American League East. Ryan Schimpf walked and Erick Aybar was hit by a pitch, setting up Chacin's run-scoring dribbler and Manuel Margot's RBI single. A list of franchise legends were there to have their retired numbers unveiled around the stadium before the game, but there was one obvious choice to throw out the first pitch.

"He was impressive in Colorado", Padres manager Andy Green said.

This was the first real test before a packed house.

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