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January 30, 2013

Justin Upton finds new home in Braves' lineup

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ATLANTA —

The Uptons' parents already have their season tickets — close enough to the field for the brothers to know they are there.

"B.J. got seats. He was nice to us," said Manny Upton. "So we're right where Mom can holler at him when he's on deck. And she will holler at him."

Said Yvonne: "Now I get to see two for one."

B.J., 28, signed a five-year, $75.25 million contract to be the Braves centerfielder.

Manny Upton said the talk of the brothers playing together took a more serious tone in recent years.

"For it to happen right now is just unbelievable," said Manny Upton. "To play on a team that has a legitimate chance to go to the World Series and at a young age, that's marvelous."

The brothers said they will have to establish boundaries with the Braves.

Justin smiled when asked if he expected to have a locker next to his brother in the Braves' clubhouse.

"It might start out with us near each other but by the end of it maybe switching," Justin said with a laugh. "You never know."

Justin had a quick answer when asked if he planned to live with B.J.

"No!" he said before the question could be completed.

"We'll see each other plenty at the field. Obviously we'll ride to the field together some. We both live on our own. We both need our space."

Added B.J.: "We still butt heads. We do all the things that brothers do."

Manny Upton said he expected his sons to get along just like when they were kids.

"I think it will be like the backyard," said the elder Upton. "They are competitive but not to the point where it's bad. They'll get after it. Like Justin said, they may sit together at the beginning but by the end they might be separated."

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