KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- While not overly concerned about his
hitting slump, Chris Burke was certainly glad to break out of it.
The center fielder, who hadn't had a hit since March 2, got two
on Wednesday, including a home run to lead the Houston Astros to a
4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Entering Wednesday's game, Burke was just 2-for-34 with his only
hits coming in the March 2 game. He'd been questioned incessantly
about the struggles and some had even wondered if his job was in
Manager Phil Garner quelled that speculation on Tuesday, saying
spring training batting averages don't mean much. However, he too
was glad to see him move past it.
"I actually told him before the game that really spring
training didn't count, but it would be nice for him to get a hit
before we got out," Garner said. "So it was nice of him to
accommodate me today."
Burke's first hit came in the second inning on a line drive up
the middle that bounced off the glove of pitcher Chuck James. He
narrowly beat the throw to first.
Braves Fall To Astros
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