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Atlanta Braves give Evan Gattis start at 1st base

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Atlanta Braves are shifting Evan Gattis to first base for their series opener against the Washington Nationals.

The 26-year-old rookie has been splitting time at catcher with Gerald Laird.

Gattis hasn't played first base since seven games in Class A in 2011. He took some practice grounders before Friday's game.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez wants Laird behind the plate for the sixth career start of right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran. Gonzalez also does not want to take Gattis out of the lineup. Regular first baseman Freddie Freeman is on the disabled list.

Gattis made the Braves after being a non-roster invitee to spring training. He entered Friday hitting .391 with three homers and six RBIs.

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