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Braves' new-look rotation thriving in first month

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By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - As they entered the season, the Atlanta Braves were hoping to just hang on through the first month while they waited for Mike Minor and Gavin Floyd to join a depleted rotation.

Instead, manager Fredi Gonzalez faces a different problem for the Braves, who were off on Monday: How does he make room for another arm in the majors' best rotation? There's no weak link as the starters' 1.57 ERA easily leads the majors.

The rotation was a big question after Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm departed as free agents. The issue reached crisis stage when Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy needed season-ending Tommy John surgeries in spring training.

Veterans Ervin Santana and Aaron Harang have joined Julio Teheran and Alex Wood as the staff's new leaders on the first-place Braves.

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