It looks like the Atlanta Braves have themselves a new ace.
Derek Lowe struck out seven Toronto Blue Jays in six impressive innings Thursday, allowing just one run on five hits without walking a batter. This outing lowers his spring ERA to 3.27, giving the right-hander 24 K's over 22 innings. Way to go, buddy!
Sadly, the Jays rallied to a 7-5 victory.
Atlanta signed Lowe to a four-year, $60 million free-agent contract this offseason with high hopes that the 34-year-old would lead off their revamped rotation. Manager Bobby Cox hasn't formally decided on an Opening Day starter, but it's looking more and more like Lowe with each Spring start.
In other Braves news, aging lefty Tom Glavine, who turned 43 on Wednesday, is scheduled to make his second spring start this Friday against the Detroit Tigers after coming off elbow surgery.