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Jason Heyward went 3-for-6 with a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

Heyward had two singles and a double, scoring in the Braves' three-run fifth inning. He had just three hits in his previous 32 at-bats, as he's still hitting just .171 for the year. Perhaps Sunday will be the start of something good for the outfielder.

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Jason Heyward is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

Heyward is in a terrible funk at the plate with just two hits in his last 34 at-bats. He's being replaced in right field by Ryan Doumit and in the leadoff spot by Andrelton Simmons.

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Jason Heyward struck out four times in five at-bats, taking home the dreaded golden sombrero as the Braves defeated the Phillies on Wednesday.

Heyward wears the sombrero for the first time since May 12, 2012 and for the fifth time in his career overall. While it's hard to fault him for whiffing against Cliff Lee, Heyward hasn't done much with the bat to start the season, as his average sank to .145.

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Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with a home run in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

Heyward blasted a solo homer in the first inning off of Zack Wheeler and added an RBI single in the fifth. Entering the game, Heyward had been held to only three hits in his first 32 at-bats, so his arrival is certainly a welcome sight for the Braves.

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Jason Heyward went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in the Braves' win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

Heyward hit his first homer of the season, a two-run shot, off Kyle Lohse in the fifth inning. He also singled in the game. The right fielder struggled with injuries in 2013, but when healthy Heyward is one of the more dynamic leadoff hitters in the game.

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Jason Heyward is batting leadoff for the Braves on Opening Day against the Brewers.

Heyward was a monster this spring in the Grapefruit League and will try to keep it rolling into the summer. This will be his 32nd career start at the leadoff spot. Atlanta's full Opening Day batting order: RF Jason Heyward, CF B.J. Upton, 1B Freddie Freeman, 3B Chris Johnson, LF Justin Upton, 2B Dan Uggla, C Evan Gattis, SS Andrelton Simmons, SP Julio Teheran.

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Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with a long homer off Rick Porcello in the Braves' 12-3 drubbing of the Tigers on Tuesday.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez has already shaken up the Braves lineup, but he hasn't wavered on batting Heyward first. It will mean fewer RBI for the 24-year-old, but more at-bats, many more runs scored and perhaps a few more steals. He's undervalued in fantasy leagues.

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Jason Heyward went 2-for-3 and homered to plate the Braves' only run Friday against the Red Sox.

Heyward is getting plenty of work this spring, having played in eight games already. He's 5-for-20 with two homers and five runs scored while batting from the leadoff spot.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 2 Months

Jason Heyward homered off Tigers left-hander Duane Below for one of the Braves' two runs Thursday.

Heyward is slated to remain the Braves' leadoff hitter after impressing in that role late last season. It'll do a number on his RBI total, of course, but he'll get more at-bats and he should score a ton of runs with Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman behind him.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 2 Months

Jason Heyward will wear a protective guard over his right cheek and jaw while batting this season.

Heyward missed a month with a broken jaw last season after being hit with a Jon Niese fastball, so he's taking no chances this year. The 24-year-old has already been taking batting practice with the guard in place, so it shouldn't have much of an effect on his ability to take good at-bats. The outfielder hit .254/.349/.457 in 104 games in 2013, but with health and a new contract Heyward should produce better results this season. He'll hit leadoff in a stacked Braves lineup in 2014.