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McLouth excited about chance to win

Updated: June 4, 2009, 8:08 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Nate McLouth embraced his new opportunity with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday only after an emotional departure from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

McLouth said he was excited about the chance to win in Atlanta but was sad to be dealt from the Pirates, his only professional home before the trade. He said Wednesday's trade for three minor league players -- outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and pitchers Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke -- "was shocking."

"It was the last thing on my mind, ...

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