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Updated: April 2, 2004, 9:19 AM ET
By Jim Baker

National League

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Atlanta Braves: A 21-year relationship will come to end after 2004. Guy Cutright of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the Braves have announced they are relocating their Double A franchise from Greenville, South Carolina to Jackson, Mississippi, the home of a new, $22 million stadium. Jackson lost the Generals at the end of the 2000 season when they moved to Round Rock, Texas and promptly set all kinds of Double A attendance records. That Jackson affiliation played in the Texas League, while this one will remain in the Southern League. Any Braves star of recent vintage is going to have Greenville on their resumes. Chipper and Andruw Jones, Tom Glavine, Kevin Millwood and Javy Lopez all spent time there on the way up. John Smoltz was in the Tigers chain for Double A, but has had three different rehab assignments in Greenville, which is a convenient 150 miles from Atlanta.

Los Angeles Dodgers: If you can only do one thing for a team, make it a memorable thing. Cody Ross sure did. His lone homer as a Detroit Tiger was a grand slam last September 2 -- the first round tripper of his major league career. In the ultimate good news/bad news incident, he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the very same game. All that's behind him now. Yesterday, the 23-year-old outfielder was traded to the Dodgers for relief pitcher Steve Coyler. Ross had slugging averages of .508 and .515 the past two seasons in the high minors and could provide some pop for the run-starved Dodgers. A player-to-be-named will also head Detroit's way. Tom Gage of the Detroit News reports that Ross thought the news he had been traded was an elaborate April Fool's Day joke. His family thought the same when he called to tell them. It seems the Ross family was big on practical jokes until "until my dad almost gave my grandma a heart attack with one," Ross told Gage.

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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