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Pirates 5, Braves 2

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This was a nice step forward for Tom Gorzelanny, not only in that he only allowed two walks, but in that his velocity was better than it's been recently. He got his fastball up to 91 MPH, which still isn't where it was in 2006, but his velocity was still significantly better than it was a few weeks ago. The Bucs also turned four double plays, which involved some good timing, but it also had something to do with the fact that the Braves had twelve grounders against Gorzelanny versus just five fly balls.

Jason Michaels had three hits for the Bucs, making good, at least for today, on John Russell's bizarre idea to bat Michaels third.

The only piece of bad news is that Freddy Sanchez's shoulder troubles still linger -- he made a couple of awful throws to first.