September 7, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves pitcher Paul Maholm (17) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Braves vs. Brewers: Milwaukee Sweeps Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves will send Paul Maholm to the mound as they look to salvage the final game of their three-game set in Milwaukee.

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Braves Vs. Brewers Final Score: Atlanta Falls To Milwaukee 8-2

The Atlanta Braves fell to the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-2, on Wednesday night, and the loss allowed the Brewers to sweep the Braves during their three-game set. Atlanta starting pitcher Paul Maholm had a poor outing which led to Milwaukee getting the victory.

Maholm lasted only 4.1 innings, and during that time allowed nine hits and eight runs, with six of them earned. All eight runs came during the fifth inning. His poor start wiped away a solo home run by Jason Heyward in the first inning, and then another run in the fourth.

The Braves offense was shut down from the fifth inning on and they could never get anything going to rally and get back in the game.

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Andrelton Simmons Injury: Braves SS Has Ankle Sprain

Braves Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a sprained ankle, but it is not a high ankle sprain. He could return to the lineup as soon as Friday. Simmons injured the ankle just two days after returning from missing two months with a pinkie injury.

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Braves Vs. Brewers Lineups: Freddie Freeman, Paul Janish In Starting Lineup

The Atlanta Braves released their lineup for tonight's series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers. Atlanta, who's looking to avoid a sweep, will send southpaw Paul Maholm to the mount to face Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo. The Braves have won seven of their last ten and would be in the Wild Card playoff if the season ended today.

Two changes highlight Atlanta's lineup. Freddie Freeeman subs in for Lyle Overbay at first base, and Paul Janish takes over for Andrelton Simmons at shortstop. The full lineup is as follows:

Atlanta Braves

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

Milwaukee Brewers

1. Norichika Aoki RF
2. Rickie Weeks 2B
3. Ryan Braun LF
4. Aramis Ramirez 3B
5. Jonathan Lucroy C
6. Travis Ishikawa 1B
7. Carlos Gomez CF
8. Jeff Bianchi SS
9. Yovani Gallardo P

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

The Atlanta Braves look to rebound from a 5-0 loss and extend their lead in the National League Wild Card race Wednesday as they send Paul Maholm to the mound to take on the Milwaukee Brewers in the final game of a three-game set at Miller Park in Milwaukee at 8:10 p.m. EST.

Despite dropping two straight to the Brewers, the Braves maintained a solid lead in the Wild Card race in the National League, sitting five games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals for the better of the two available Wild Card spots.

In his last start against the New York Mets, Maholm blanked the Mets over 5.1 innings in a 3-0 Braves victory.

The Brewers counter on Wednesday with Yovani Gallardo, who was strong in his last start — going six innings and giving up just two earned to the Cardinals earlier this month.

Time and Date: September 12, 8:10 p.m. at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisc.

TV: SportsSouth (Atlanta), FSWI (Milwaukee), MLB.tv

Radio: WCNN (Atlanta), WTMJ (Milwaukee)

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Braves vs. Brewers Score: Atlanta's Offense Disappears In 5-0 Loss

The Braves seem to be in a pattern right now: either score 6+ runs, or barely score at all. It was the latter for Atlanta on Tuesday night, falling to the Brewers by a score of 5-0.

Tim Hudson worked 6.2 innings of four-run ball. He surrendered seven hits and one walk, striking out four. Hudson was sharp until the seventh inning when he seemed to lose command.

Rickie Weeks hit a home run in the first inning to give the Brewers an early 1-0 lead. Jean Segura beat out a fielder's choice to bring home the first run in the seventh inning, which was followed by an RBI-single from Taylor Green and a double from Norichika Aoki. Aramis Ramirez added an insurance run in the eighth with a solo shot of his own.

Atlanta recorded just five hits on the night, two of which were from Andrelton Simmons. No one had an extra-base hit against Marco Estrada, who was brilliant over 6.2 innings of work.

The Braves will look to salvage the series on Wednesday night. It'll be Paul Maholm and Yovani Gallardo on the mound in a 8:10 p.m. ET start.

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Kris Medlen Earns Odd Honor For Recent Success

Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen was named the Head & Shoulders Mane Man of the Month for August beating Derek Jeter, Felix Hernandez and Todd Frazier for the award, which was based on fan balloting.

Medlen ran away with the award this month, taking more than 41 percent of the vote. Jeter finished in second with 30 percent, with Frazier and Hernandez rounding out the poll with 15 percent and 8 percent respectively.

Medlen earned his place on the ballot after going 4-0 in August with a microscopic 0.50 ERA. Medlen gave up only two earned runs in 35-2/3 innings while striking out 35 batters. Medlen went on a 28-1/3 inning scoreless streak in August, which was the longest such streak since Greg Maddux in 2000.

This is the second award for Medlen this month, who was also named the National League Pitcher of the Month for August.

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Andrelton Simmons Excited To Return For Playoff Push

Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was happy to be back in the lineup for the Braves after spending the last two months on the disabled list recovering from a broken pinky he suffered on July 8.

Simmons missed almost 60 games after injuring his finger when sliding into second base against the Philadelphia Phillies, and is ready to produce in an interview with Jordan Schelling of MLB.com,

"Now is the time. Now it's go time. This is where you want to be. You want to be in the race in September. And I'm excited."

Simmons was batting .320 with two home runs and three RBI in a rehab assignment last week, and it was enough for Fredi Gonzalez to call him back up to the majors.

In his first game back with the Braves, Simmons went 0-3 with a walk against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Braves Vs. Brewers Lineups: Lyle Overbay Subs For Freddie Freeman

As the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers get ready for Game 2 of their three-game series Tuesday evening, both Fredi Gonzalez and Ron Roenicke kept their lineups mostly intact.

Only one change for the Braves, as Lyle Overbay gets the start at first base to replace Freddie Freeman. The Brewers also kept most of their lineup intact from Monday's game, making only two changes. Jean Segura replaces Jeff Bianchi at shortstop and Jonathan Lucroy gets the start behind the plate at catcher in place of Martin Maldonado.

Full lineups are below:

Atlanta Braves

1. Michael Bourn CF
2. Martin Prado LF
3. Jason Heyward RF
6. Dan Uggla 2B
7. Lyle Overbay 1B
8. Andrelton Simmons SS


Milwaukee Brewers

1. Norichika Aoki RF
3. Ryan Braun LF
5. Jonathan Lucroy C
7. Carlos Gomez CF
8. Jean Segura SS

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

After giving away the series opener to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, the Atlanta Braves look to even the three-game series in Tuesday's matchup.

While the Braves hold a comfortable lead in the National League Wild Card standings, they want to get wins against sub-500 teams like the Brewers. Tim Hudson (14-5, 3.59 ERA) will take the mound for Atlanta. In Hudson's last appearance, he pitched the seven innings and gave up no runs on six hits as the Braves went on to defeat the Colorado Rockies, 1-0.

The issue is whether or not Hudson will get enough run support to be formidable on Tuesday, since the Braves have struggled at the plate in the past week.

Marco Estrada (2-6, 3.99 ERA) will start for the Brewers. Take a look at the game schedule and broadcast information:

Date/Time: 8:10 p.m. ET Tuesday

Location: Miller Park

TV: SPSO, FSWI

Radio: WCNN 680WNNX 100.5

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Braves vs. Brewers Score: Disastrous Seventh Inning Dooms Atlanta In 4-1 Loss

The Atlanta Braves held a 1-0 lead entering the seventh inning. They loaded the bases when it was their turn to hit, only for Michael Bourn to swing at a ball out of the zone and pop it up lazily.

The Brewers then came to the plate. With Jonny Venters on the mound, Martin Maldonado singled to get things started. The next batter was willing to give himself up with a bunt, but Venters walked him instead. The next batter, Jeff Bianchi, was also willing to give himself up with a bunt. He set one down in front of the mound, prompting Venters to field the ball and throw wildly to third base when he clearly had no play on the runner. A run scored to tie it at 1-1.

A two-run double and sacrifice fly followed as Milwaukee took a 4-1 lead. That was more than enough on a night Atlanta continually beat themselves.

The Braves gave away four outs on the base paths tonight. Jason Heyward was caught stealing, Freddie Freeman was picked off first base and Martin Prado was caught going first-to-third two times. The club is now 3-16 on Mondays this season.

The two clubs will meet again on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.

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Ben Sheets Injury: Braves Pitcher Throws Simulated Game

Braves pitcher Ben Sheets threw two innings of a simulated game at Milwaukee's Miller Park on Monday as he continues his rehab from shoulder inflammation, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien.

Sheets was placed on the 15-day Disabled List on Aug. 25 with right shoulder soreness, after going 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA in his three prior starts. The former Brewer struggled with injuries throughout his career in Milwaukee and had not pitched since 2010 after elbow surgery, but Sheets posted a 1.41 ERA in his first five starts with Atlanta, showing good velocity on his fastball and flashing the plus curve that served him well during his prime.

When Sheets struggled during his final few starts, the fastball command and curveball break lacked.

O'Brien says Sheets, once activated, will assume a bullpen role with Atlanta, though he could return to starting duty if necessary.

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Braves Vs. Brewers Lineups: Dan Uggla Starts Against Wily Peralta

The Atlanta Braves open up a three-game series against the suddenly hot Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night, as the Brew Crew try to crawl back into the National League playoff picture.

Milwaukee did Atlanta a bit of a favor this weekend, by taking two of three from the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals trail the Braves by five games in the loss column for the first wild card spot, thanks in part to Milwaukee.

Now on Monday, the Braves will look to squash Milwaukee's slim playoff hopes.

Both Fredi Gonzalez and Ron Roenicke have announced Monday's starting lineups, and they are as follows:

Atlanta Braves

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

Milwaukee Brewers

RF Norichika Aoki
CF Carlos Gomez
LF Ryan Braun
3B Aramis Ramirez
2B Rickie Weeks
C Martin Maldonado
1B Travis Ishikawa
SS Jeff Bianchi
SP Wily Peralta

Milwaukee's starting pitcher, Peralta, was widely regarded as the Brew Crew's top prospect headed into the season, prior to the Zack Greinke trade.

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

The Braves look to extend a five-game winning streak as they take on the Brewers.

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Braves vs. Brewers: Atlanta Looks To Extend Winning Streak Against Surging Brewers

Previewing this week's series between two red-hot teams.

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MLB Standings: Braves Well Ahead In Wild Card Race

If the season ended today, the Atlanta Braves would be safely in the playoffs as the first wild card in the NL.

Of course, as Braves fans well know from their spectacular September collapse in 2011, the season doesn't end for a few more weeks.

For now, Atlanta is in excellent shape at 81-60. With the Washington Nationals at 86-54, the NL East crown is probably out of the question, but the St. Louis Cardinals (at 75-65) are the nearest challenger to Atlanta in the wild card race.

But with the addition of the second wild card, the wild card is no longer the prize it once was. All Atlanta will get for being the first wild card is the chance to host a one-game playoff before the start of the divisional series.

The Cardinals are currently 1 game ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates and 2.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race to see who would play the Braves in the play-in game.


National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Atlanta 81 60 .574 0 Won 5
St. Louis 75 65 .535 5.5 Won 1
Los Angeles 74 67 .524 7 Lost 1
Pittsburgh 72 67 .517 8 Lost 3
Milwaukee 69 71 .492 11.5 Lost 1
Philadelphia 69 71 .492 11.5 Won 4
Arizona 69 72 .489 12 Lost 1
San Diego 66 75 .468 15 Won 1
New York 65 75 .464 15.5 Lost 3
Miami 63 78 .446 18 Won 1
Colorado 56 83 .402 24 Lost 5
Chicago 54 86 .385 26.5 Won 3
Houston 44 96 .314 36.5 Won 1

(updated 9.10.2012 at 8:07 AM EDT)


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