ATLANTA (AP) — Fredi Gonzalez sat down and started writing out projected lineups last week as soon as he heard the Braves had traded for Justin Upton. It didn't take long. The manager says making out lineups just got easier. Gonzalez used 107 lineups last year, sometimes adjusting due to the opposing pitcher. Gonzalez says his juggling days are over. Gonzalez says Justin Upton will be the No. 3 hitter "no matter who is pitching against you." Upton was acquired from Arizona last Thursday.
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DENVER (AP) — Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (yo-LEES' cha-SEEN') and the Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $6.5 million deal yesterday. The 25-year-old righty is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he went 3-5 with a 4.43 ERA. He missed more than three months with shoulder inflammation. Chacin had asked for $2.6 million in arbitration and had been offered $1.7 million by the Rockies. He was signed by Colorado as a non-drafted free agent in 2004.
DENVER (AP) — Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is fulfilling the last part of his bet with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over the Broncos' playoff loss to the Ravens. Hancock already delivered a box of dry aged "cowboy cut" rib eye steaks from Lombardi Brothers Meats to Rawlings-Blake after the Broncos lost 38-35 to the Ravens on Jan. 12, but he also had promised to perform Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' signature pre-game dance. Hancock's spokeswoman said a few days after the loss that a pulled muscle had kept Hancock from performing the dance, but yesterday, reporters were pointed to an online video of the dance.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Snowmobiler Caleb Moore remains in critical condition in a Colorado hospital after a crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen. Moore's grandfather told The Denver Post the prognosis isn't good and that it's "almost certain" the 25-year-old won't recover. A family spokeswoman reissued a statement yesterday thanking fans, friends and family for their support and asked for continued prayers. Moore was performing a flip Thursday when he clipped the top of a jump and went over the handlebars. He suffered a concussion, developed bleeding around his heart and a secondary complication involving his brain.