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Saturday, April 26, 2014
B.J. Upton dons glasses during game

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Atlanta Braves slumping outfielder B.J. Upton wore prescription glasses for the first time in his major-league career Friday, acknowledging a noted improvement in his vision.

Upton, who is off to a slow start this season after batting a career-worst .184 in 2013, decided to wear the glasses during Friday's game against the Cincinnati Reds after experimenting with them in batting practice.

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B.J. Upton donned glasses for the first time in his major league career Friday night.

"We'll see how the glasses work and if I'll keep them," said Upton, who went 1-for-4 in Atlanta's 5-4 victory. "I could see the ball better on both sides of the plate. It was good tonight."

Upton, 29, said he had been advised to wear glasses while driving since high school. The 10-year veteran donned a pair of black-framed standard glasses Friday but claimed that he has ordered specs that will help his peripheral vision as well.

"They should be here shortly," he said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Upton, who is two years into a five-year, $75 million deal with Atlanta, said he decided to try the glasses even after experiencing a slight improvement to his vision during the offseason.

"I noticed a difference over last year and some of this year," Upton said, according to MLB.com. "It wasn't anything big. But I think it was enough for me to not really pick up spin on the ball. So I just figured we should try something."

Upton is batting just .207 with one home run and two RBIs in 21 games this season. But he made solid contact in three at-bats Friday and has hit safely in 12 of his last 18 games.

"I definitely noticed a difference tonight," he said. "We'll see how it goes."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.