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Braves vs. Pirates: Ben Sheets, Chipper Jones lead Atlanta to season finale victory

The Braves finished the season with a 94-68 record, their best mark in nearly a decade.

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Chipper Jones wraps up career finale with 4-0 win

Ben Sheets put the finishing touches on a terrific career with the Braves on Thursday, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Atlanta won 4-0.

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Braves visit Pirates in regular season finale

Wednesday's showdown in Pittsburgh will be Chipper Jones' last regular season game.

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Braves backups, Tommy Hanson fall in Pittsburgh

The Braves started just two of their regulars on Tuesday night. With the playoffs beginning in about 72 hours, manager Fredi Gonzalez elected to rest all of his starters before the regular season wraps up Wednesday.

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Ben Sheets will retire following Wednesday's start

Ben Sheets will make his final Major League appearance on Wednesday, when he starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Braves rest Jones, Heyward, Freeman, McCann

The Atlanta Braves take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night, in the second of a three-game series to conclude the 2012 regular season.

Chipper Jones is not in Tuesday's lineup, and is merely getting at least one extra day of rest in advance of Atlanta's playoff game on Friday. The Braves were officially eliminated from the NL East title race with their loss last night, and will host either the St. Louis Cardinals or Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night in the new one-game Wild Card round.

Jones isn't the only regular absent from Atlanta's lineup. Jason Heyward, Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman are also resting on Tuesday.

Both Fredi Gonzalez and Clint Hurdle have announced the starting lineups for Tuesday's game, and they are as follows:

Atlanta Braves

CF Michael Bourn
2B Tyler Pastornicky
SS Andrelton Simmons
1B Lyle Overbay
C David Ross
3B Juan Francisco
RF Jeff Baker
LF Jose Constanza
SP Tommy Hanson

Pittsburgh Pirates

LF Starling Marte
RF Alex Presley
CF Andrew McCutchen
1B Garrett Jones
C Michael McKenry
3B Pedro Alvarez
2B Josh Harrison
SS Clint Barmes
SP Kevin Correia

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The Bucs are leading the Braves 2-1 in the 7th

The Atlanta Braves are seeking to keep their division title hopes alive, but time may be running out against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

The Braves are trailing 2-1 in the sixth inning despite getting a terrific pitching performance out of Paul Maholm. Against his former team, Maholm has looked strong pitching six frames and allowing just five hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Atlanta took the lead in the top of the third with a Jason Heyward RBI single, but the advantage was short-lived. In the bottom of the inning, Chase d'Arnaud tied the affair with a RBI groundout to short.

The Pirates then made it 2-1 when Starling Marte hit a solo home run in the fifth, giving Jeff Locke a chance to earn the win.

The 24-year-old finished up his night after six innings with only two hits surrendered. However, he did walk five, leading to a high pitch count and Jeff Karstens relieving him to start the seventh.

With a loss, the Washington Nationals would wrap up the NL East.

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Dan Uggla removed from lineup

Dan Uggla has been taken out of Atlanta's starting lineup because of swelling in his right hand.

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Michael Bourn leads off for Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves finish up their regular season schedule with a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and they can rest easy knowing that they have a playoff berth clinched. That means at least one more home game for Chipper Jones, and possibly quite a few more. The Pirates, meanwhile, have fallen well out of contention after fading late in the season. Lineups for Monday's game are listed below.

Atlanta:

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Jason Heyward (L) RF
4. Chipper Jones (S) 3B
5. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
6. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
7. Brian McCann (L) C
8. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
9. Paul Maholm (L) P

Related: Atlanta Wins Chipper's Last Home Series

Pittsburgh:

1. Starling Marte (R) LF
2. Chase d'Arnaud (R) 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Gaby Sanchez (R) 1B
5. Michael McKenry (R) C
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
7. Jose Tabata (R) RF
8. Clint Barmes (R) SS
9. Jeff Locke (L) P

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