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Johnson enjoys returning to face Astros


KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, who was drafted and developed by the Astros, made his first appearance at Osceola County Stadium in an opposing uniform on Saturday. The Astros traded Johnson to the D-backs in July, and he was dealt to the Braves along with Justin Upton in January.

"It's different coming here," said Johnson, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft by Houston. "I drove up today and I didn't know where to go. I tried to go in three different doors. It's fun, though. I really appreciate being here. This is the place that gave me an opportunity, this actual field.

"This is where I would come to Spring Training and try to earn an actual job, and show everybody what [I could] do. It's fun for me."

Johnson, who's platooning with Juan Francisco at third base for the retired Chipper Jones, is content in Atlanta. He hit .286 with seven homers and 35 RBIs in 44 games last year for the D-backs after leaving Houston.

"I'm excited," Johnson said. "We've got a really good team, and I'm just trying to do my part and keep the line moving for all those big boys."

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