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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.

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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.

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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.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 2 Months

Braves and OF Jason Heyward avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the deal is worth $13.3 million. The Braves have been known as a "file-and-trial" team, meaning that they don't negotiate once arbitration figures are exchanged, but they made an exception for Heyward in signing him to a multi-year deal. There was only a $200,000 difference between Heyward and the Braves when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so it was in the interest of both sides to find some sort of compromise. The Braves are still set to go to hearings with Freddie Freeman and Craig Kimbrel.

Jason Heyward CF/RF ATL 2 Months

Jason Heyward is scheduled to have his arbitration hearing against the Braves on February 11.

Heyward requested $5.5 million and was offered $5.2 million from the Braves when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. It's a very small difference in terms of baseball salary, but the Braves are known as a file-and-trial team. The three-person panel of arbitrators will decide on one salary or the other for 2014.

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Jason Heyward requested $5.5 million and was offered $5.2 million from the Braves when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

With the numbers from each side so close together, neither side should be disappointed with where the final number ends up. Though he's coming off a disappointing and injury-plagued 2013 season, the 24-year-old outfielder still possesses superstar potential and is a nice bounce-back candidate in 2014.