Minor looking for smooth ride with Braves in 2013

Minor looking for smooth ride with Braves in 2013
February 13, 2013, 4:23 pm
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Atlanta Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt hits inside a batting cage during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Mike Minor compares last season to a nasty roller-coaster ride, one that would rival any of the bone-rattling behemoths at Six Flags Over Georgia.

He's hoping for a smoother trip this year.

The Atlanta Braves left-hander got off to rocky start to 2012, being roughed up in his debut against the Mets. After two positive performances, he spent the next two months watching a lot of balls sail over fences.

But Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wednesday they never lost faith in Minor and kept him in the rotation. It took a loss against the New York Yankees on June 12 to start turning the season around.

Minor will likely slot into the No. 3 starter spot for the Braves.