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Garza talks about being aggressive, his progression

The night before Matt Garza's Spring Training debut with the Brewers, the only "Z" he got was in his name. With his regular-season debut on Wednesday afternoon looming, Milwaukee would not be surprised to see Garza's adrenaline spike even higher.

"It may be," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "But I think watching these two games first is going to help that."

The Brewers signed Garza in December to the richest free-agent deal in franchise history, inking the right-hander to a four-year, $50 million contract. Milwaukee likes Garza not only for what he offers mechanically, but his attitude on the mound.

"He's a guy that plans well, prepares well and is definitely emotional out there," Roenicke said. "He gets after it out there. It's almost like, some guys you want to get to that spot, and other guys like him, sometimes it's too much and you have to bring him back down. I'd rather have that guy that gets after it like him."

The Braves will counter with veteran Aaron Harang, who signed with Atlanta on March 24 -- one day after Cleveland released him. Harang joined the Braves after they parted ways with veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia.

Harang, who changed teams twice last April, is grateful for increased stability in 2014. The Dodgers traded him on April 6 to the Rockies, who designated him for assignment and traded him to the Mariners five days later.

"It's always a shock," Harang said of joining a new club. "You've got to learn all the new faces and all the new coaches and stuff. But the guys have been good and really welcoming. It's been good so far."

Both veterans take the hill hoping to rebound from rough outings.

Harang finished the spring by giving up six earned runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Tigers on Thursday in Lakeland, Fla. Garza surrendered four runs (two earned) on six hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Royals on Friday at Miller Park.

"My execution wasn't on point, but I battled and tried to get through it," said Garza, who cited a rushed delivery for his uneven spring finale. "It's not a quick fix, but it's an easier fix than any other mechanical stuff. I'm ready to roll."

Braves: Heyward snaps scoreless streak
• Jason Heyward plated the Braves' first runs of the season on Tuesday with a two-run homer in the top of the fifth that gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead over Milwaukee.

The home run not only snapped Atlanta's streak of 13 straight scoreless innings to begin the season, but also a skid of 22 straight scoreless frames against the Brewers.

• Craig Kimbrel recorded his 140th save as a member of the Braves in Tuesday night's victory. He is one save away from tying Gene Garber for the second-most saves in franchise history. Kimbrel, who has averaged 46 saves the past three seasons, is now 14 saves away from tying John Smoltz's franchise record of 154.

Brewers: Gomez speeds up home run trot
• After his last home run against the Braves resulted in a benches-clearing scuffle, Carlos Gomez circled the bases quickly following his leadoff home run on Tuesday.

Gomez, who homered on Alex Wood's first pitch in the Braves' 5-2 win, completed his trot in only 16.18 seconds.

• Aramis Ramirez finished 2-for-4 with a run-scoring single against Atlanta on Tuesday, raising his lifetime average against the Braves to .378 (111-for-294).

Worth noting
• Kyle Lohse has given up only five runs in his past three starts against the Braves for a 2.08 ERA.

• Freddie Freeman homered twice in Tuesday's win for his fifth career multi-homer game.

• Garza owns a 6.43 ERA in three career starts against Atlanta. Comments