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Upton is out of the lineup Thursday against the Mets.
As was the case late last season, it appears manager Fredi Gonzalez's patience is wearing thin with Upton and his lack of on-base skills. Upton will sit out for the third time in six games, making way for Emilio Bonifacio to handle center field.
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Upton is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Mets.
Upton is 7-for-59 in the month of August with two home runs and just four RBI. He will yield the start Tuesday to Emilio Bonifacio, who will man center field and bat second for the Braves.
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Upton is out of the lineup Friday against the Reds.
Just when it seemed like Upton couldn't sink any lower, he has hit .132/.270/.283 in August (17 games), lowering his overall OPS down to .611. Manager Fredi Gonzalez finally caved and removed Upton from the leadoff spot earlier this month, and it seems he'll take it a step further and start sitting him more regularly over the final weeks of the season. Emilio Bonifacio will man center field and bat second in his absence Friday.
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Upton is out of the lineup Monday.
The Braves have finally started to sit Upton roughly every fourth day, as his .207/.278/.329 slash line has dipped steadily over the past two weeks. Emilio Bonifacio seems to be a more trusted option in center field for manager Fredi Gonzalez than Jordan Schafer was when he was the backup option.
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Upton is out of the lineup Thursday against the Dodgers.
Upton has made three straight starts in center field, but Emilio Bonifacio will cover center Thursday for the third time since coming over to Atlanta in a deadline deal. Upton has just four hits so far in August, and if he's unable to improve his .210 season batting average, look for Bonifacio to start filling in for him more frequently.
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Upton is out of the lineup Sunday against the Nationals, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
Upton hit a home run Friday night but went hitless again last night in what has been a season to forget. Emilio Bonifacio will start in center field and lead off for the Braves on Sunday.
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Upton will return to the leadoff spot Friday against the Nationals.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez's insistence on batting Upton leadoff is one of the more puzzling things in the game currently, but it does not appear as though he's going to budge even following eight consecutive losses. Emilio Bonifacio led off the last two games in Seattle, but it looks like he'll be deployed in a utility role for the time being. Upton is batting just .212/.281/.327 this season and has struck out 141 times, most in all of baseball.
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Upton was moved down to eighth in the Braves order Wednesday, finishing 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and two strikeouts against the Mariners.
He was the leadoff hitter in his last start, as has been the case for much of the season, but it seems losing has finally forced manager Fredi Gonzalez to see the light. The Braves are now suffering through an eight-game losing streak, and while we'd never underestimate Gonzalez's insistence on batting Upton (.279 OBP) high in the order, he may finally be out of the leadoff spot for good. Emilio Bonifacio started in left field and hit leadoff Wednesday.
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Upton is out of the Braves' lineup Tuesday against the Mariners.
Upton's career numbers against Felix Hernandez are downright abysmal -- he's recorded just three hits and has struck out 11 times in 31 at-bats (.097 average) -- so manager Fredi Gonzalez will turn to Emilio Bonifacio to man center and lead off Tuesday. Gonzalez has stuck by Upton all season, however, and it does not appears as though a changing of the guard is imminent.
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B.J. Upton went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored as the Braves beat the Padres 8-3 on Sunday.
Upton has found a home atop the Braves lineup, as he's now scored 22 runs in 28 games from the leadoff spot. He's also managed to put up a line resembling league average, hitting .243/.306/.360 in the top spot before Sunday's game. He's still striking out too much and isn't hitting for as much power as we're accustomed to seeing from Upton, but it's a start.