Gonzalez to Miss Two Games for Daughter's Graduation

10:38 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (33) watches from the dugout during the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fredi Gonzalez is leaving Atlanta's road trip for a whirlwind solo cross-country trip back to Georgia.

After managing Thursday night's series opener at San Francisco, Gonzalez is set to depart from the Bay Area at 6 a.m. local time Friday so he arrives in Statesboro, Ga., in time to attend his daughter's graduation from Georgia Southern first thing Saturday morning.

Bench coach Carlos Tosca, a former Toronto Blue Jays skipper, will manage in Gonzalez's place for two games - and even again Sunday if the first two are wins, Gonzalez joked. He is scheduled to return late Saturday.

Gabrielle "Gigi" Gonzalez is set to earn a bachelor's degree in marketing and public relations, and has an internship set to begin in Atlanta. She is the oldest of Gonzalez's two children.

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