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Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 3:56am

Banner Day As Atlanta Braves Begin 2010 Season

(Listen to manager Bobby Cox's postgame comments above)

It was a banner day for the Atlanta Braves in their season-opener Monday afternoon. In front of the home crowd at Turner Field, the Braves pounded the Chicago Cubs 16-5.

Two home runs were included in the Braves-offense. One from catcher Brian McCann, and the other from highly-touted rookie outfielder Jason Heyward. His homer came in his first major league at-bat in the first inning, a 3-run shot to right field that gave Atlanta a 6-3 lead at the time.

Other stars from the Braves' opening win included shortstop Yunel Escobar, who had five runs batted in.

For manager Bobby Cox, it was the first game in this his last season as Braves manager. He acknowledged afterward feeling some extra emotion out of the big ovation from the sold-out crowd:

"A little bit. They've treated me too kindly here, but we won't do that anymore, and it will be just baseball from now on."

The Braves are off today. They’ll face the Cubs again Wednesday night.