Justin Upton homered and Matt Kemp went hitless in three at-bats in their debuts with the San Diego Padres, a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. Kemp and Upton, each two-time All-Stars, were two of the main acquisitions in a busy offseason for the Padres. Upton, the centerpiece of a trade with the Atlanta Braves, was 0 for 2 until he hit a towering home run to straightaway center field in the seventh. ”First game of spring training, you’re just trying to work on your timing and see pitches and try to make something happen if you can.” D.J. Peterson, a top prospect in the Mariners organization, hit a solo home run in the first.

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Dillon Gee allowed two runs in two innings and Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 4 for 4 and scored a run, leading the New York Mets to an 8-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. It’s a matter of getting my pitches together.” Wandy Rodriguez, who came to camp looking for a spot in the Atlanta rotation, allowed run and walked two in one inning. He signed to a minor league deal after starting six games for Pittsburgh last year, posting a 6.75 ERA. ”I don’t feel any pressure at all.” Rodriguez’s chances improved when Braves General Manager John Hart said after the game that Mike Minor, who made 25 starts last season, is out indefinitely with tightness in his left shoulder.

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Dan Uggla was actually relieved last year to hear a doctor tell him he was ”really messed up.” That happened last August when Uggla visited Dr. Robert Donatelli in Las Vegas and discovered there was a way to correct the faulty vision that had plagued him since the 2012 season. Now at 34, the three-time All-Star is in Washington’s camp as a nonroster player, hoping to jump-start his career. ”I can just go out and play and see what happens.” From 2006-2013, Uggla was one of the most dangerous middle infielders in baseball, hitting 231 home runs during stints with Miami and Atlanta. Then came 2014 when Uggla hit bottom.

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Left-hander Paul Maholm is getting a chance to help the Cincinnati Reds piece together their depleted starting rotation. The Reds signed Maholm to a minor league deal and invited him to training camp to see whether he could be a starter again after spending much of last season in the Dodgers bullpen. Before that, he was a starter with the Pirates, Cubs and Braves. ”Maholm played on some good teams in Atlanta and L.A., and we have a need for starting pitchers,” manager Bryan Price said.

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Nick Markakis is looking forward to opening day in Atlanta. After nine years with Baltimore – and plenty of the Maryland delicacy – Markakis signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Braves this offseason. Markakis is expected to replace the traded Jason Heyward in right field. Atlanta dealt Heyward and Justin Upton during the offseason.

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Reaction to the death of former Chicago White Sox outfielder Minnie Minoso: — ”For South Siders and Sox fans all across the country, including me, Minnie Minoso is and will always be ‘Mr. White Sox.’ ”The first black Major Leaguer in Chicago, Minnie came to the United States from Cuba even though he could have made more money elsewhere. He came up through the Negro Leagues, and didn’t speak much English at first.

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A.J. Pierzynski has been called a lot of things during his lengthy major league career, and not many of them are very nice. Pierzynski realizes that he is known for being an irritant, a pest, and quite a handful for any team wearing a different colored uniform. New to the Braves, the catcher was laughing it up with the Atlanta players during a workout this weekend. When the Braves signed him over the offseason, it became his seventh major league stop.

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New name, same disappointment. Melvin Upton — the Atlanta Braves outfielder formerly known as B.J. Upton — got some unbossman-like news Friday. He’s very likely to miss the rest of spring training and opening day because of a foot injury. Upton, 30, has hit .196 in two seasons since signing a five-year, $72.25 million contract with the Braves. Anybody hoping that 2015 might bring a role reversal for Upton has to be disappointed that his season is starting on the wrong foot. (Pun absolutely intended). Mark Bowman, the Braves’ beat witer for MLB.com, has specifics: The #Braves announced Upton will be sidelined throughout Spring Training. He will be in a cast for 2 weeks and a walking boot for 4-6 wks — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 27, 2015 Upton has inflammation behind the ball of his left foot. #Braves . If all goes well, he might resume baseball activities in early April — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 27, 2015 This is more of a blow to Upton than the Braves, who don’t figure to be contenders in 2015 anyway. They have enough outfield depth, including veterans Eric Young Jr. and Jonny Gomes, to shift around in the early going. But Upton does have a lot to prove this season, and getting a late start sure ain’t going to help. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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Atlanta Braves outfielder Melvin Upton is expected to miss the rest of spring training because of inflammation in his left foot. The team announced Upton’s condition Friday after he underwent an X-ray and MRI exam. Upton’s foot will be placed in a short leg cast for two weeks, then in a walking boot from four to six weeks. The team said he will likely be able to resume baseball activities in early April, about the time the Braves are opening the regular season.

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Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a slight left oblique strain. On the day of the team’s first full-squad workout, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez couldn’t give a date when Simmons will be ready for exhibition games but said the injury wasn’t serious. Simmons fielded balls during workouts Thursday but didn’t hit or throw. Gonzalez said Simmons tried to play through the injury.

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