Originally created 03/02/00

Braves notes: Cox will use most regulars in today's game vs. Georgia



LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- When University of Georgia sophomore Brandon Moorhead goes to the mound this afternoon, he'll face an Atlanta Braves lineup that looks daunting and familiar.

Bobby Cox announced Wednesday he plans to start every regular, with the exception of catcher Javy Lopez, in the first exhibition game of the spring.

Quilvio Veras will lead off, Reggie Sanders will bat second and be followed by Chipper Jones, Brian Jordan, Andres Galarraga, catcher Toby Rumfield, Walt Weiss and pitcher Bruce Chen.

Cox said his decision to bat Sanders second and Galarraga fifth does not necessarily reflect the lineup that will open the season.

"I don't know who I'm hitting second or fourth and fifth," he said.

Former Evans and Greenbrier High star Mark Thornhill, a junior third baseman for the Bulldogs, is scheduled to bat either cleanup or fifth. Entering Thursday's game with Georgia Tech, Thornhill was batting .448 (second on the team) and had 12 RBI and five doubles (tied for first in both categories).

Cox is playing Lopez's return cautiously. Lopez caught batting practice for the first time Wednesday and he will start Friday's Grapefruit League opener against the Royals. Cox plans to keep him in long enough to get one at-bat, then bring in a minor-league catcher.

UNDER CONTRACT:

Odalis Perez agreed to a one-year contract, while 18-game winner Kevin Millwood's contract was renewed.

It's the second straight year Millwood and the club were unable to agree on a salary. He rejected an offer that would have nearly doubled last year's $230,000 salary and was renewed at about $415,000.

Millwood will have arbitration rights next winter and he can expect to receive a raise to about $4.5 million.

The only remaining unsigned players, Kevin McGlinchy and Randall Simon, are expected to sign one-year contracts today.