ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 16: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves is congratulated by teammates after hitting his second home run of the game against the San Diego Padres at Turner Field on August 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Braves vs. Padres: Chipper Homers Twice On Bobblehead Night, Kris Medlen Throws Complete Game Shutout

The Braves have now won Medlen's last 15 starts.

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2012 MLB Standings: Braves Still Trail Nationals By 4 Games In N.L. East

The Braves begin a difficult stretch on Friday when they open a three-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers in Atlanta. The Braves enter the night trailing the Washington Nationals by four games with whom they will open a series against on Monday.

Its going to be a difficult stretch for the Braves who will play two division leaders in the Dodgers and the Nationals along with the second place Giants over their next three series.

Here is a look at the full standings for the National League East:


NL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Washington 73 45 .618 0 Won 1
Atlanta 69 49 .584 4 Won 3
New York 56 62 .474 17 Won 1
Philadelphia 54 64 .457 19 Lost 2
Miami 53 66 .445 20.5 Lost 1

(updated 8.17.2012 at 7:45 AM EDT)


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Chipper Jones Homers Twice On Bobblehead Night, Kris Medlen Tosses Complete Game Shutout In 6-0 Win

On the night 20,000 fans at Turner Field took home Chipper Jones bobbleheads, the future hall of fame third baseman belted two homers as the Braves won 6-0 over the Padres.

Kris Medlen made the start and worked a complete game shutout. Medlen scattered five hits over nine innings of work, striking out six and not walking a single batter. There really isn't much more you can say about the young righty; he is proving he belongs in the rotation every single time he takes the mound and deserves a spot in the rotation.

Jason Marquis did not pitch well for San Diego. The former Braves prospect lasted just 4.2 innings while surrendering six runs on eight hits and four walks.

Chipper hit his first homer off Marquis in the first inning. With two outs and Michael Bourn on second, Jones raked a changeup deep into the right-field bleachers for an early 2-0 lead.

The score held until the fifth inning when Jason Heyward crushed an inside fastball for a solo blast of his own. It was hit 20th long ball of the season and highlighted a three-hit night for the 23-year-old slugger.

The old man did his thing again in the fifth, going back-to-back with Heyward. Chipper got a fastball down the middle of the plate and sent it 420 feet to center field to push the lead to 4-0. After greeting his teammates in the dugout, Jones came out and acknowledged the crowd of 33,157 with a curtain call.

Paul Janish singled home two more runs in the fifth to make the score 6-0. Medlen held strong in the final innings to seal a victory and a series win.

The Braves will now begin a three-game series with the Dodgers.

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PHOTO: Chipper Jones Bobblehead Night For Braves-Padres

The Atlanta Braves have unveiled a Chipper Jones bobblehead ahead of toinght's game against the San Diego Padres. The first 20,000 people to arrive at Turner Field tonight will receive one of the cooler gifts that you can get . If you are wondering what a Chipper Jones bobblehead looks like, Zach Klein of WSB-TV Channel 2 was able to grab a picture earlier this afternoon.

Yep that's a photo of Chipper Jones looking at his Chipper Jones bobblehead. Pretty awesome.

And if you were wondering, there are plenty of good seats available tonight according to the guys at Talking Chop.

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Jair Jurrjens Taken To Hospital For Dehydration On Wednesday

Atlanta Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens, on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett in Norfolk, Va., was forced to leave the game on Wednesday due to dizziness caused from dehydration and spent the night in the hospital, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The 26-year-old had thrown just 43 pitches before being forced to leave the game.

Jurrjens has been on the disabled list since Aug. 1 with a strained groin muscle. In his previous outing with Gwinnett on Friday, Jurrjens pitched six innings and allowed just two runs.

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Padres Vs. Braves Lineups: Chipper Jones Back At Third Base

As the Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres finish up their series tonight at Turner Field, both teams made minor adjustments to their starting lineup.

There's only one change in the lineup tonight for the Atlanta Braves, as Chipper Jones is back at third base after Fredi Gonzalez gave the 40-year old the night off yesterday.

The Padres made two changes tonight, with John Baker getting the start at catcher instead of Nick Hundley and Will Venable taking over in right field over Chris Denorfia

Here is the lineup for the Braves tonight:

1. Michael Bourn CF
2. Martin Prado LF
3. Jason Heyward RF
4. Chipper Jones 3B
6. Dan Uggla 2B
8. Paul Janish SS

And here is the lineup for the Padres:

2. Everth Cabrera SS
4. Carlos Quentin LF
6. Will Venable RF
7. Cameron Maybin CF
8. John Baker C


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Padres Vs. Braves: Paul Maholm Continues Steady Pitching

Paul Maholm, whom the Atlanta Braves acquired from the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline, isn't the flashiest or most high-profile pitcher in the world. However, he's been excellent in his first three starts in Atlanta, going 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA.

And after watching him handle the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, the good folks over at Talking Chop are impressed:

True to form, Maholm induced a lot of groundouts: eight of the first nine outs he recorded were on the ground. He took care of the rest on the mound, striking out seven in seven innings and inducing 13 groundouts; he allowed just five hits.

Ground ball pitchers, who generally don't have the type of stuff that leads to big strikeout totals, tend to be relatively late-bloomers. Maholm, at the age of 30, is having the best statistical season of his career.

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Padres Vs. Braves Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Braves are looking to take the series win over the San Diego Padres by winning the final game in their fourth game set. The Braves have won the past two games fairly easily 6-0 and 6-1, and in Thursday's series finale the Braves are sending out Kris Medlen to close out the series.

Medlen has mostly come out of the bullpen this year, but he has started his last three games and has a 2-0 record and given up only three earned runs in 16.2 innings during that stretch. Going back further, Medlen has allowed only four earned runs in 33 innings dating back to July 3. This will be his first appearance against the Padres this year.

The Padres are countering with Jason Marquis who is 6-6 since coming to the Padres in a trade from the Twins. In his most recent start, Marquis pitched a complete game shutout and has won his last two starts.

TV: Sports South

Time: 7:10 p.m. ET

Radio: 680 The Fan

Online: MLB.tv

Pitching Probables: Jason Marquis (8-10, 5.05 ERA) vs. Kris Medlen (3-1, 2.28 ERA)

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Padres Vs. Braves: Paul Maholm Continues Dealing In 6-1 Win

Paul Maholm continued to pitch very well with his new club on Wednesday night, leading the Braves to a 6-1 victory over the Padres. He is now 2-1 since coming to Atlanta, allowing just one run to score over his last 16 innings of work.

Not too bad for a guy who was completely off the radar as the trade deadline neared two weeks ago.

Dan Uggla delivered the big blast for Atlanta in the bottom of the third inning. He took a belt-high fastball and crushed it to the left-field seats, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead.

Michael Bourn added a run in the fourth inning with an RBI groundout that scored Paul Janish from third. He and Martin Prado were then driven home on a two-run double from Jason Heyward into the right-center-field gap.

Maholm scattered five hits and three walks during seven innings on the mound. The lone run came on a solo homer to Logan Forsythe in the third. Chad Durbin and Cory Gearrin each worked a scoreless inning of relief to preserve the lead.

The Braves will go for the series win on Thursday night with Kris Medlen on the mound. The Padres will counter with Jason Marquis, who made his MLB debut with Atlanta nearly a decade ago. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. at Turner Field.

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Padres Vs. Braves Lineups: Juan Francisco Replaces Chipper Jones At Third

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and third baseman Chipper Jones have done a great job communicating and scheduling off-days for the veteran third baseman. There is no denying Chipper's impact on the lineup is huge whenever he starts, but his 40-year-old legs simply cannot withstand the strain of a 162-game season.

Jones missed last Friday night's game due to back spasms, so it's been a while since he's been out of the batting order. He will be out on Wednesday night, according to the lineups released by the Braves.

Juan Francisco has been a pleasant surprise for Atlanta in recent months, doing a very nice job in backup duties while Jones rests. Francisco will bat sixth and start at third.

Here is the rest of the Braves' lineup:

Michael Bourn - CF
Martin Prado - LF
Jason Heyward - RF
Freddie Freeman - 1B
Dan Uggla - 2B
Juan Francisco - 3B
Brian McCann - C
Paul Janish - SS
Paul Maholm - P

Chris Denorfia - RF
Logan Forsythe - 2B
Chase Headley - 3B
Carlos Quentin - LF
Yonder Alonso - 1B
Cameron Maybin - CF
Everth Cabrera - SS
Nick Hundley - C
Edinson Volquez - P

First pitch from Turner Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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Padres Vs. Braves Time, TV, Radio Info And More

After Tim Hudson led the Braves to a dominant 6-0 win over the Padres, the team will look to make it two in a row tonight.

To do so, they'll send newly-acquired Paul Maholm to the hill. Since coming over from the Chicago Cubs, Maholm has been stellar in his first two starts as a Brave, posting a combined 16 innings and 13 strikeouts, allowing just three earned runs. The leftie is 6-1 with a 1.18 ERA in his last eight starts.

The Padres will counter with the sometimes-exciting, always-erratic Edinson Volquez. Volquez has surrendered a walk in every one of his 24 starts, and hasn't allowed fewer than 3 walks in a game since May 12. The former Red has especially struggled of late, giving up 15 earned runs in his last three starts.

This is the third game of a four game series, and it will air at 7:10 on Sports South and 680 The Fan.

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Andrelton Simmons Injury: Braves Shortstop Hopeful For September Return

Braves rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons would like to be back on the field but he still has not been cleared medically to resume baseball activities. Simmons recently had his cast removed but he remains out and is scheduled for another X-Ray on Friday.

Once Simmons is cleared he will head out on a minor league rehab stint to get back his timing. The Braves are hoping for an early to mid September return.

Paul Janish has taken over at short for the Braves on an everyday basis since being acquired from the Cincinnati Reds. Janish hasn't provided a lot of offense although he has hit better of late but his defense has been a plus and he is expected to remain on the roster as a backup once Simmons comes back.

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Padres Vs. Braves: Tim Hudson, Martin Prado Lead Atlanta To 6-0 Win

The Atlanta Braves sent their most reliable pitcher to the mound on Tuesday night to end their two-game losing skid. Tim Hudson delivered, tossing 6.1 innings of shutout ball as the Braves went on to beat the Padres by a score of 6-0.

Hudson surrendered just two hits and a walk. He struck out four and picked up his 12th win of the season. Jonny Venters struck out the two batters he faced in relief as he continued looking like his old self. Luis Avilan scattered two hits in his inning of work, while Craig Kimbrel recorded two more strikeouts as he closed out the ninth.

Michael Bourn tripled to leadoff the game and was driven in on a groundout from Freddie Freeman. Dan Uggla hit a solo homer to push the score to 2-0 in the fifth, and Chipper Jones singled home a run with a line drive up the middle in the sixth.

Martin Prado put the game out of reach for Atlanta, crushing a belt-high fastball over the center field wall for the three-run homer. It was Prado's sixth blast of the season and his first in nearly two months.

The series is now tied at one with two games remaining. It'll be Paul Maholm and Edinson Volquez on the mound for Wednesday night's affair. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST.

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Padres Vs. Braves Lineups: Jason Heyward Sits, Reed Johnson Starts In Right Field

The Atlanta Braves have announced their lineup for Tuesday night's game with the San Diego Padres. The club was held down offensively in the series opener, falling to San Diego and Eric Stults by a score of 4-1.

Facing their fourth left-handed pitcher in as many days, manager Fredi Gonzalez has elected to give Jason Heyward a night off. He will be replaced in right field by Reed Johnson. Heyward has not had an off-day in quite some time, and given the slew of right-handed starters coming up it only makes sense to rest him now.

Here is the rest of the Braves lineup:

Michael Bourn - CF
Martin Prado - LF
Freddie Freeman - 1B
Chipper Jones - 3B
Brian McCann - C
Dan Uggla - 2B
Reed Johnson - RF
Paul Janish - SS
Tim Hudson - P

Alexi Amarista - 2B
Everth Cabrera - SS
Chase Headley - 3B
Yonder Alonso - 1B
Mark Kotsay - LF
Will Venable - RF
Cameron Maybin - CF
John Baker - C
Clayton Richard - P

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Padres Vs. Braves: Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Braves are charging down the stretch, while the San Diego Padres are playing out the string and looking forward to 2013.

Atlanta is currently in a wild-card spot and looking to secure a tighter grip with Tim Hudson on the mound Tuesday night.

The Georgia native has been dealing this season with an 11-4 record and 3.77 ERA. However, he was knocked around in his last start against the Philadelphia Phillies in which he allowed six runs on as many hits in 4.1 innings.

Clayton Richard will toe the rubber for San Diego with almost an identical ERA of 3.79. Unfortunately for RIchard, his run support has been dismal leading to a 9-11 mark on the season. The 28-year-old is coming off of a five-hit shutout against the lowly Chicago Cubs, where he walked two and struck out five.

The Braves will look to draw even in the four-game set with a win.

TV: Sports South

Time: 7:10 p.m. ET

Radio: 680 The Fan

Online: MLB.tv

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Braves vs. Padres: Eric Stults Leads San Diego To 4-1 Win

The Atlanta Braves' bats continued to struggle on Monday night against the Padres, losing by a score of 4-1. Last night's 9th inning rally notwithstanding -- hey, the Mets' bullpen is awful and couldn't throw a strike -- the Braves have scored three runs in their last 24 innings.

Eric Stults was dominant this evening, tossing 7.2 innings of one-run ball. He scattered five hits and did not walk a batter, giving up the lone run on a two-out triple to Martin Prado in the eighth.

Mike Minor continued to be solid-yet-unspectacular on the mound, working six innings while surrendering three runs. His command was not all there and he did allow nine hits, but worked about a few jams nicely with three strikeouts.

Cameron Maybin brought home the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to left field in the second inning. Chase Headley singled home a run in the fifth, as did Yonder Alonso in the sixth. Headley added an insurance run in the seventh inning with a deep solo homer to center field.

Dale Thayer worked a perfect ninth inning to secure the 4-1 win for San Diego.

The two clubs will meet again on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. EST.

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Braves Vs. Padres: Tarp Off, Approximate Start Time 7:35

Though Mother Nature did her best to spoil Monday night's series opener between the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres, it looks like the game will be played.

Per the Atlanta Braves' official Twitter account, the tarp has been taken off the field, and the game is scheduled to begin at 7:35 p.m. ET.

In the meantime, Braves fans can pay attention to the Pittsburgh Pirates / Los Angeles Dodgers games, as both teams are in the National League Wild Card hunt. The St. Louis Cardinals are off tonight, and the NL East division leading Washington Nationals will not get underway in San Francisco until 10:15 p.m. ET.

When 7:35 does come around, Mike Minor will face off against San Diego's rather paltry lineup.

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Atlanta Braves Moving To 6-Man Rotation Until The End Of August

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced Monday that the team is going to use a six-man pitching rotation beginning Friday, and will stick with it until the end of August. At that point, they'll pick their best five and revert back to the standard rotation size.

Related: Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres Series Preview

The Braves are making the move in order to keep Kris Medlen in the rotation after Tommy Hanson returns from the disabled list.

SB Nation Braves blog Talking Chop published an extensive analysis of the pros and cons of the six-man rotation earlier Monday afternoon, and came to the conclusion that this move is probably not a good idea.

The Braves begin a series with the Padres on Monday night.

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Atlanta Braves Vs. San Diego Padres: Monday Night Starting Lineups

The Atlanta Braves look to maintain their lead in the National League Wild Card race, as well as gain ground on the Washington Nationals on Monday, as the Braves welcome the Padres to Turner Field for a four-game series.

Both Bud Black and Fredi Gonzalez have announced the starting lineups for Monday night, and they are as follows:

San Diego Padres

SS Logan Forsythe
2B Alexi Amarista
3B Chase Headley
LF Carlos Quentin
RF Chris Denorfia
1B Yonder Alonso
CF Cameron Maybin
C Nick Hundley
SP Eric Stults

Atlanta Braves

CF Michael Bourn
LF Martin Prado
RF Jason Heyward
3B Chipper Jones
1B Freddie Freeman
2B Dan Uggla
C Brian McCann
SS Paul Janish
SP Mike Minor

Those unfamiliar with the Padres might not know much about their lineup, and it's certainly not a daunting lineup by any means. Headley and Quentin are two very good hitters, though, and could give Atlanta starter Mike Minor some trouble.

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Braves Vs. Padres: Mike Minor Looks To Continue Pitching Hot Streak

A liability to begin the season, Mike Minor (6-8, 4.95 ERA) has been one of the Braves' best pitchers for the last six weeks. Minor has allowed three runs or less in his last six starts and had lowered his ERA from 6.20 to 4.95 during that time.

Minor is making his first start of the season against the San Diego Padres on Monday. The 24-year-old allowed three runs over six innings against them last year in a loss.

Opposing Minor will be Eric Stults (2-2, 2.72 ERA). Since coming over from the Chicago White Sox earlier this season, Stults has worked in both the bullpen and rotation, pitching well in either role. Matt Diaz, Dan Uggla, Chipper Jones and Jason Heyward have all taken Stults deep in his career.

First pitch is schedule for 7:10 ET and the game will be broadcast on SportSouth.

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Atlanta Braves Welcome Padres Into Turner Field For Four-Game Series

Mike Minor takes the mound in game one of the series.

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MLB Standings Update: Braves Trail Nationals By 4.5 Games In N.L. East

The Atlanta Braves went 4-2 this past week, but the Washington Nationals went 6-1 this past week to extend their lead in the National League East to 4.5 games. The N.L. East race will come down between the Nationals and Braves over the final six weeks of the seasons since the New York Mets are in third and 16 games back.

The Braves do get to face the Nationals six times the rest of the way with each team hosting three games, so there is a chance to make up some ground on that 4.5 game lead.

The next series for the Braves is a three-game road series against the San Diego Padres.


NL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Washington 71 44 .617 0 Lost 1
Atlanta 66 48 .578 4.5 Lost 1
New York 55 60 .478 16 Won 1
Philadelphia 52 62 .456 18.5 Won 1
Miami 52 63 .452 19 Lost 1

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