Braves name Julio Teheran their Opening Day starter

Braves name Julio Teheran their Opening Day starter
March 22, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Two days after the Nationals tabbed Stephen Strasburg as their Opening Day starter, the Braves have announced Julio Teheran will get the nod when Atlanta opens their season against the Brewers on March 31.

Teheran was the team's fifth starter last season, but a flurry of injuries has shaken up their rotation. Kris Medlen was originally expected to receive the Opening Day honor before learning he would need Tommy John surgery and miss the season.

Teheran was a breakout star for the Braves last year, going 14-8 with a 3.20 ERA in 185 2/3 innings across 30 starts. He finished fifth in NL Rookie of the Year voting.

The right-hander also been fantastic this spring with a 1.42 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 19 innings. Teheran is now by all accounts the Braves' number one starter, and once Medlen went down it became pretty clear he would start Opening Day. Fredi Gonzalez made it official on Saturday.

Starting Opening Day should set Teheran up to face the Nats in Washington's first series of the season at Nationals Park. 

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