Atlanta Braves players began reporting to training camp weeks ago, but already the games are here.
The defending National League East champs open their spring training schedule Wednesday when they host the Detroit Tigers.
A shorter practice than usual Tuesday, players arrived early and were excitedly talking about their golf plans Tuesday afternoon, as manager Fredi Gonzalez wrapped up practice earlier than usual.
Aside from hitting little white balls was the topic of hitting each other.
Major League Baseball has approved a new rule designed to reduce collisions at home plate with safety being the key issue.
Braves fans remember Johnny Estrada and the hit put on him by the Angels' Darin Erstad in 2005 that wrecked Estrada's career.
The new rule will go into effect on opening day.
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