WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 20: Starting pitcher Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves throws to a Washington Nationals batter during the fourth inning at Nationals Park on August 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Braves vs. Giants: Tim Hudson Bests Tim Lincecum On Sunday Night Baseball

Francisco, Heyward and Freeman all homer in 7-1 win.

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2012 MLB Standings: Braves Keep Hold Of Wild Card Lead, Tighten NL East Race

The Braves continue to lead the National League Wild Card race and are within 4.5 of the Washington Nationals in the NL East.

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Braves vs. Giants: Tim Hudson Dominates Series Finale As Atlanta Wins, 7-1

The Braves earned a split of their four-game series with the Giants on Sunday night, winning their second-straight game behind seven dominant innings from Tim Hudson and a couple of deep home runs. With the Nationals losing earlier in the day, Atlanta now sits 4.5 games back in the NL East.

This game marked the end of a brutal 10-game stretch for the Braves. After playing three at home with the Dodgers, three in Washington against the Nats and four in San Francisco, the club finished 4-6. Not ideal, but hardly anything to hang your head about.

Martin Prado grounded out with the bases loaded in the first inning to bring home the first run of the game against Tim Lincecum. Brian McCann followed with a bloop single to increase the lead to 2-0.

Juan Francisco hit a 454-foot homer in the top of the fourth to make it 3-0. Paul Janish cleared the bases with a two-run triple in the sixth to give Hudson a comfortable five-run cushion.

The Giants scored their lone run on a sacrifice fly from Brandon Crawford in the seventh to score Buster Posey. San Francisco loaded the bases in the frame with just one out, but they were unable to scratch anything out more than the lone run.

Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman hit back-to-back solo homers in the ninth. Cristhian Martinez closed out the bottom of the ninth to preserve the 7-1 victory.

The Braves will now head to San Diego to take on the Padres for three games. It'll be Paul Maholm against Casey Kelly, who will be making his MLB debut at Petco Park. First pitch is at 10:05 p.m. ET.

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Braves Vs. Giants Score Update: Atlanta Up 5-0 In Sixth

In a game with serious playoff implications for both teams, the Atlanta Braves have gotten out to a 3-0 lead against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning of their Sunday night game.

Tim Lincecum only lasted five innings for the Giants, giving up five hits and three earned runs with four strikeouts and two walks.

Atlanta wasted no time, with two runs in the top of the first inning thanks to singles from Martin Prado and Brian McCann. Juan Francisco chipped in with a solo HR in the fourth.

Now that the Giants went to their bullpen, the floodgates have really started to open, as Paul Janish drove in two more runs with a triple.

Tim Hudson has been a rock for the Braves, holding San Francisco to three hits and no runs through six.

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Chipper Jones Out Of Lineup With Sore Oblique

Third baseman Chipper Jones is out of the Braves starting lineup for the second straight day because of a sore oblique muscle. Jones said that he had improved over Saturday -- he would test things out prior to the game and perhaps be available to pinch hit in tonight's game.

Jones will likely return to action in a day or two. Martin Prado played third on Saturday against left-hander Madison Bumgarner. Juan Francisco is in the lineup on Sunday against right-hander Tim Lincecum. Jones is hitting .306 this season in 82 games, and has 13 homers and 54 RBI.

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Braves Vs. Giants Lineups: Brian McCann Returns To Lineup

Fredi Gonzalez has Brian McCann penciled back into his starting lineup after sitting out Saturday's day game. Reed Johnson is once again in left field, with Martin Prado moving across the diamond from third base to second base. Dan Uggla is out of the lineup along with Chipper Jones who is sitting out his second straight game.

Here is a look at tonight's at tonight's starting lineups for the game between the Atlanta Braves and the San Francisco Giants:

Atlanta Braves

1. Michael Bourn CF
2. Reed Johnson LF
3. Jason Heyward RF
4. Freddie Freeman 1B
5. Martin Prado 2B
6. Brian McCann C
7. Juan Francisco 3B
8. Paul Janish SS
9. Tim Hudson P

San Francisco Giants

1. Angel Pagan CF
2. Marco Scutaro 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Buster Posey 1B
5. Hunter Pence RF
6. Hector Sanchez C
7. Gregor Blanco LF
8. Brandon Crawford SS
9. Tim Lincecum P

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

Veteran starters Tim Hudson and Tim Lincecum face off on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball as the Braves look to avert a third straight series loss.

Hudson (12-4, 3.69 ERA) gave up four first inning runs in his most recent outing against Washington but settled in to shut the Nationals down after that. Big innings have plagued Hudson this season due to his struggles out of the stretch, but in his last start against San Francisco on July 19, he pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed just two runs.

Lincecum (7-13, 5.30 ERA), meanwhile, appears to be emerging from his first-half fog and has posted a 3.10 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star Break. His strikeout and walk rates this year are fairly similar to his career numbers, so Lincecum was bound to see improvement. Still, his ERA (5.30) is more than two runs higher than his career average (3.27).

Game Time: 8 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN (check local listings for blackout restrictions)

Radio: WCNN 680 AM and WNNX 100.5 FM

Streaming: MLB.tv

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Jason Heyward, Mike Minor Lead Braves To 7-3 Win Over Giants

The Atlanta Braves picked up their first win in San Francisco on Saturday, defeating Madison Bumgarner and the Giants by a score of 7-3. Jason Heyward continued to hit baseballs a long way in AT&T Park, while Mike Minor pitched well against a red-hot lineup.

Heyward got things going for Atlanta in the third inning with a three-run blast that just cleared the high wall in right field. It was the first homer Bumgarner had surrendered to a left-handed hitter at home this season and just the fourth of his career.

Brandon Belt drove home a run with an RBI groundout in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 3-1. Minor was able to work out of the jam though, striking out Francisco Peguero and then getting Bumgarner to line out to left.

With the Braves holding a 4-1 lead in the seventh, Fredi Gonzalez pulled Minor after just 91 pitches. It was an odd decision, especially given Atlanta's lead and how well the young lefty had been pitching on Saturday. Chad Durbin entered and promptly surrendered a two-run double to Gregor Blanco, cutting the lead to 4-3.

Atlanta responded nicely in the top half of the eighth inning with back-to-back bases loaded walks from Michael Bourn and Martin Prado. Eric O'Flaherty then worked a perfect bottom half of the frame to keep the score at 6-3.

Reed Johnson doubled home an insurance run in the top of the ninth to give Craig Kimbrel a 7-3 lead. Kimbrel worked a scoreless ninth, forcing a fly out from Joaquin Arias to secure the victory.

The Braves will try and salvage a series split on Sunday evening against Tim Lincecum. It'll be Tim Hudson on the mound for Atlanta. First pitch will be on ESPN and is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.

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Braves vs. Giants Lineups: Brian McCann Gets a Day Off

The Atlanta Braves are looking to right the ship and stay on top of the NL Wild Card after losing the first two games of the series to the San Francisco Giants.

The Braves still lead the National League wild card but sit only 1.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Brian McCann is taking the day off after playing in five straight games.

Braves lineup:

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF

2. Martin Prado (R) 3B

3. Jason Heyward (L) RF

4. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B

5. David Ross (R) C

6. Reed Johnson (R) LF

7. Dan Uggla (R) 2B

8. Paul Janish (R) SS

9. Mike Minor (R) P

Mike Minor (6-10, 4.74 ERA) looks for his first win in August and a halt to his three-game losing streak. Minor's current losing streak isn't exactly his fault though, as he has pitched halfway decently, especially in his last decision, a 0-5 loss against the Dodgers where Minor pitched seven innings and gave up one run. The Braves have scored one run in Minor's three last starts.

Giants Lineup:

1. Angel Pagan (S) CF

2. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B

3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B

4. Buster Posey (R) C

5. Hunter Pence (R) RF

6. Joaquin Arias (R) SS

7. Brandon Belt (L) 1B

8. Francisco Peguero (R) LF

9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P

The Braves will have their hands full with Bumgarner who has pitched very well in his last two starts, going 2-0 with 17 innings pitched, sixteen strikeouts, while only giving up one run. Jason Heyward is 4-11 lifetime against Bumgarner.

For more on the Braves, head over to Talking Chop and SB Nation Atlanta. Visit McCovey Chronicles and SB Nation Bay Area for Giants baseball coverage.

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Ben Sheets Injury Update: Sheets to the 15-day DL With Shoulder Issues

Ben Sheets has been sent to the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation, the Atlanta Braves announced on Saturday. The Braves called up Miguel Bautista from Triple-A Gwinnett to take his spot on the roster.

The Braves signed Sheets to a minor league contract in July as he attempted to mount a comeback to the major leagues. Sheets made his first start on July 15, pitching six shutout innings against the Mets. He won his first three games, going 18 IP with a 0.50 ERA and 15 strikeouts.

Lately, Sheets has struggled quite a bit. His ERA on the year is still only 3.54, but in his last three starts (all losses), he has given up 14 earned runs in 14.1 innings. On the year, Sheets is 4-4 with a 3.54 ERA.

Miguel Batista is a 13-year MLB veteran who has pitched in six games for the Gwinnett Braves, going 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA. The Braves will be the 12th major league baseball team he has pitched for.

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

The Atlanta Braves dropped their second consecutive game on the road to the San Francisco Giants Friday night at AT&T Park, 5-3. The losses have moved Atlanta 6.5 games back of the NL East-leading Washington Nationals.

Atlanta will send Mike Minor to the mound Saturday while San Francisco will start Madison Bumgarner on the hill. Both pitchers are left-handers.

Minor has pitched well this season. He has a 2.29 ERA and has held opponents to a .217 batting average in his last eight starts and enters Saturday's game with a 6-10 record.

The Braves trail the Nationals by 6.5 games in the NL East. The Giants lead the Dodgers by three games in the NL West.

Date/Time: Saturday, 4:05 p.m. ET

Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco

TV: Fox Sports South, MLB.tv

Radio: WCNN 680, WNNX 100.5

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Braves, Ben Sheets Continue Struggles In 5-3 Loss To Giants

The Braves knew their 10-game stretch against the Dodgers, Nationals and Giants were going to be key as September rolled around. Eight games in and the team has lost six times, most recently on Friday night by a score of 5-3 to the hands of Ryan Vogelsong and San Francisco.

Jason Heyward hit a solo homer in the first to give the Braves an early 1-0 lead. Freddie Freeman followed in the second with a solo shot of his own.

It was all downhill from there for Atlanta and Ben Sheets.

Sheets continued his struggles of the last few weeks, lasting just 4.1 innings. He surrendered four runs on nine hits and three walks, striking out two. It appears the honeymoon is over for the veteran starter, which is a real shame given his incredible story in July.

The Giants struck for two runs in the third and fourth innings, and a double from Buster Posey pushed the lead to 5-2 after six frames. Atlanta squandered a couple of opportunities late before going down in order against Javier Lopez.

Atlanta will look to end their losing skid on Saturday afternoon against Madison Bumgarner.

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

In the midst of a key late-season four-game set with the San Francisco Giants, the Atlanta Braves send Ben Sheets to the mound on Friday to take on Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.

First pitch is scheduled for a late 10:15 p.m. from AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco.

Sheets has not been sharp over his last two starts, as the veteran righty starter has given up a combined 10 earned runs to the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers and lost both decisions. Before losing the two starts, Sheets had been victorious in four of his first five appearances of the season.

Atlanta continues to trail the Nationals in the NL East race, but are in the thick of things when it comes to the two Wild Card spots in the National League.

Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 24, 10:15 p.m. ET

Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco

TV: Fox Sports South, MLB.tv

Radio: WCNN

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Braves vs. Giants Recap: Barry Zito Dominates As San Francisco Wins Opener

The Braves' struggles at the plate continued on Thursday night against Barry Zito and the Giants, being held scoreless the first eight frames in a game they would eventually lose by a score of 5-2.

Zito worked 8+ innings, surrendering two runs on just five hits and three walks. His final line was not great, but the veteran lefty completely shut the Braves down in the middle innings. Tommy Hanson was not nearly as good and was on the wrong end of some lucky bounces; he lasted just 4.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks.

Pablo Sandoval singled home the first run with two outs in the third. Hunter Pence bunted home a run in the fifth, and he came around to score with Marco Scutaro on a two-base error from Freddie Freeman on a ball hit down the line by Brandon Belt. Hector Sanchez then doubled home Belt to push the lead to 5-0.

The Braves made things interesting in the ninth. Martin Prado and Chipper Jones singled, and they were driven in on a double from Freddie Freeman. Dan Uggla then walked to bring the tying run to the plate. Unfortunately for Atlanta, Brian McCann struck out, Jason Heyward grounded into a fielder's choice and Juan Francisco hit a 5-3 grounder to end the scoring threat.

Atlanta has now lost five of their last six games.

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Braves Vs. Giants Lineups: Jason Heyward Gets A Rare Night Off

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez will rest right fielder Jason Heyward Thursday night when Atlanta opens a four-game series in San Francisco. Heyward has been one of the team's biggest offensive weapons this season hitting .279 with 21 homers and 64 RBIs. Reed Johnson will take over in right field with Martin Prado sliding down to the three spot in the batting order.

Here is a look at the full lineups for tonight's game between the Atlanta Braves and the San Francisco Giants:

Atlanta Braves

1. Michael Bourn CF
2. Reed Johnson RF
3. Martin Prado LF
4. Chipper Jones 3B
5. Freddie Freeman 1B
6. Dan Uggla 2B
7. Brian McCann C
8. Paul Janish SS
9. Tommy Hanson P

San Francisco Giants

1. Angel Pagan (S) CF
2. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
4. Hunter Pence (R) RF
5. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
6. Hector Sanchez (S) C
7. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
8. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
9. Barry Zito (L) P

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

The Braves start a four-game series against the Giants on Thursday night.

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Braves vs. Giants Preview: Jason Heyward Meets Buster Posey In San Francisco For Four-Game Series

Previewing a crucial four-game series between the Braves and Giants.

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MLB Standings 2012: Braves Hold 4-Game Lead For Wild Card, Trail Washington By 6 Games

Read on for complete NL East and NL Wild Card Standings.

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