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March 6, 2013

Braves' Uggla hit in neck by pitch, says he's OK

TAMPA, Fla. — Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla escaped a scary incident without serious injury.

Uggla says he is fine after getting hit by a pitch in the back of the neck during the sixth inning of the Braves' 2-0 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

"There's a little sensation," Uggla said. "I'm good. Luckily, I never went black or anything like that. I feel fine."

Uggla left the game after being struck by minor leaguer Branden Pinder's pitch. He was hit on the ear flap by a pitch last July.

"I know it wasn't intentional," Uggla said of Tuesday's pitch. "But anytime you get hit, especially in the head or shoulder area, your first instinct is get a little angry. You shake it off, and take your base."

Ichiro Suzuki doubled for the Yankees in his first game since being involved in a vehicle accident.

Suzuki was not injured in the crash that totaled his SUV a few miles from Steinbrenner Field after last Saturday's game with Detroit.

"I talked to him and he said he feels great," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Suzuki hit grounders in the first and third, and doubled on his final at-bat during the fifth.

Braves starter Paul Maholm allowed three hits over 3 2-3 scoreless innings, walking four and striking out two during an 81-pitch outing. The left-hander induced an inning-ending fly ball from Chris Stewart with the bases loaded in the first, and got out of two-on, two-out jams during the second and third.

"The pitch sequences were a lot better than they were the last time out," Maholm said. "Getting rid of the walks, the biggest thing for me."

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