Braves Vs. Marlins: Kris Medlen Impresses Again In 3-0 Shutout

The Braves have now won the last 21 games Kris Medlen has pitched.

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Braves Vs. Marlins Final Score: Kris Medlen Amazes Again In 3-0 Shutout Victory

There really isn't much more that can be said about Kris Medlen anymore. The kid worked eight scoreless innings on Wednesday night as the Braves and Marlins wrapped up a three-game series, which led to a 3-0 win for Atlanta. Medlen scattered four hits and just one walk, striking out six. His ERA this season is down to 1.51, and the Braves have now won his last 21 starts.

Atlanta used small ball against Josh Johnson to score their runs. Michael Bourn doubled to leadoff the game, and he moved into third on a sacrifice bunt from Martin Prado. Jason Heyward then hit a sacrifice fly to plate the first run of the game. Jose Constanza came up with a two-out single in the second inning to plate Dan Uggla. Freddie Freeman drove in Prado in the third with a sacrifice fly to left.

With a comfortable 3-0 lead, Medlen went into cruise control. He gave up just two hits after the first two innings, and no runner reached scoring position. Craig Kimbrel entered the ninth inning and recorded his 38th save of the season.

Atlanta's magic number to clinch a playoff birth is now six.

The Braves will now have an off-day on Thursday before heading to Philadelphia for a key three-game series with the Phillies.

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Paul Janish Injury: Backup Shortstop's Shoulder Injury Is 'Significant'

Backup Atlanta Braves shortstop Paul Janish returned to Atlanta on Wednesday to see a shoulder specialist, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Janish injured his shoulder in the ninth inning of the Braves' 10-inning loss to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.

The exact extent of the injury is unclear, but manager Fredi Gonzalez did not give an optimistic report. "They'll do all the tests," he said, "whether it's an MRI, X-ray, whatever they've got to do.... He won't play for a while. It's significant."

Janish had stepped in to the game for Martin Prado, who had moved in from left field to cover for starting shortstop Andrelton Simmons. With a day off Thursday, Gonzalez said there was a good possibility Simmons would be ready to return on Friday, when the Braves face the Philadelphia Phillies.

Stick with this StoryStream for more coverage from the Braves vs. Marlins series. For more insight and analysis, check out Braves blog Talking Chop.

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Braves Vs. Marlins Lineups: Kris Medlen Starts For Wild Card Leaders Atlanta

Kris Medlen takes the hill for the Atlanta Braves tonight as they attempt to bounce back from Tuesday's loss against the Miami Marlins. Medlen is 8-1 on the season, and the Braves have won the last nine games in which he's pitched. Miami will counter with Josh Johnson, who is 8-12 on the year.

Medlen represents the only change in the Braves lineup. The rest of the lineup remains intact despite Tuesday's loss. Atlanta currently leads the NL Wild Card race.

Full lineups for both teams are below:

Atlanta Braves:

1. Michael Bourn CF

2. Martin Prado SS

3. Jason Heyward RF

4. Chipper Jones 3B

5. Freddie Freeman 1B

6. Dan Uggla 2B

7. Brian McCann C

8. Jose Constanza LF

9. Kris Medlen P

Miami Marlins:

1. Bryan Petersen LF

2. Gorkys Hernandez CF

3. Jose Reyes SS

4. Carlos Lee 1B

5. Greg Dobbs 3B

6. Austin Kearns RF

7. Rob Brantly C

8. Donovan Solano 2B

9. Josh Johnson P

For more on this series be sure to check out Talking Chop and Fish Stripes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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Braves Vs. Marlins Preview: Time, TV, And More

Kris Medlen has been a very pleasant second-half surprise for the Atlanta Braves since moving from the bullpen to the rotation.

But then again, perhaps the Braves were expecting great things, considering they have won 20 consecutive starts by Medlen, dating back to 2010.

The Braves will go for 21 when they visit the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. Medlen is 7-0 as a starter this year, and has been automatic.

The Braves hope his hot streak continues, since a win would bring them one game closer to clinching a wild-card spot in the National League. Their magic number for a clinching a playoff spot is seven.

The Marlins will look to delay the Braves' playoff quest, sending Josh Johnson to the mound. Johnson has been solid this season, since missing most of last year with a shoulder injury.

Wednesday's game starts at 7:10 ET, and will air on SPSO.

For more on this series be sure to check out Talking Chop and Fish Stripes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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Paul Janish Injury: Braves Shortstop Suffers Dislocated Shoulder

Injuries continue to haunt the Braves at shortstop.

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Braves Vs. Marlins Final Score: Atlanta Falls In 10th Inning Despite Late Rally

The Braves lost to the last-place Marlins on Tuesday night, falling by a score of 4-3 in 10 innings. Atlanta trailed 3-0 entering the ninth, but some late-inning heroics from Dan Uggla and Brian McCann tied it at 3-3. In the end, it was Jose Reyes and the Marlins who would get the last laugh.

With Atlanta trailing 3-0, Jason Heyward led off the top of the ninth with a double. Chipper Jones walked, and after Freddie Freeman struck out swinging, Dan Uggla lined a ball into center field to cut the deficit by one run. Brian McCann then took a fastball deep to left field and bounced it high off the wall, allowing Jones and Uggla to score. With the score tied and just one out, Atlanta was unable to plate the would-be-winning run.

After a scoreless bottom half of the ninth, the Marlins came up again in the 10th. With two outs and two runners on, Jose Reyes blooped a ball into right-center field that was just out of the reach of a sliding Heyward. Miami came around to score easily to clinch the 4-3 victory.

The Braves will look to win the series on Wednesday night. It'll be Josh Johnson and Kris Medlen on the mound.

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Martin Prado Finishing Strong For Braves

Martin Prado is known as one of the most disciplined hitters in Major League Baseball. It's his approach to at-bats that allows him the second-highest two-strike batting average (.281) in Major League Baseball and the highest overall batting average on the Braves team

Prado went 4-for-4 in the Braves' 7-5 win against the Marlins on Monday, while taking first-pitch strikes in three of those four at-bats. In one of them, Prado even took two strikes in the first couple of pitches, but it obviously didn't affect his stat line for the night.

"He doesn't have to cheat [on a pitch] and he protects the plate," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's not afraid to take a strike, any situation. Bases loaded, sometimes you're thinking, ambush him right here [on first pitch]. But he'll take strike 1, and then still come up and get a big hit."

For more on this series be sure to check out Talking Chop and Fish Stripes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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Braves Vs. Marlins Lineups: Chipper Jones And Brian McCann Return To Action

As the Atlanta Braves take on the Miami Marlins in game two of their three-game series, Braves' manager Fredi Gonzalez has made four changes to the lineup from Monday.

The two big moves are the returns of Chipper Jones and Brian McCann, who were both given the night off Monday. Jones replaces Martin Prado, who moves back to his natural position at shortstop, while McCann replaces David Ross.

Prado's move back to shortstop pushes Andrelton Simmons to the bench and Jose Constanza gets the start at left field, replacing Jeff Baker.

Full lineups for both teams are below:

Atlanta Braves:

1. Michael Bourn CF

2. Martin Prado SS

3. Jason Heyward RF

4. Chipper Jones 3B

5. Freddie Freeman 1B

6. Dan Uggla 2B

7. Brian McCann C

8. Jose Constanza LF

9. Paul Maholm P

Miami Marlins:

1. Gorkys Hernandez CF

2. Donovan Solano 2B

3. Jose Reyes SS

4. Carlos Lee 1B

5. Justin Ruggiano LF

6. Austin Kearns RF

7. John Buck C

8. Gil Velazquez LF

9. Nathan Eovaldi P

For more on this series be sure to check out Talking Chop and Fish Stripes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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

Paul Maholm (12-10, 3.90 ERA) looks to reverse his recent struggles as the Braves go for their fifth straight win Tuesday. In Maholm's last start at Milwaukee Wednesday, the lefty lasted just 4 1/3 innings and allowed six runs on nine hits--two starts after he made it through just two innings and allowed seven runs to Philadelphia.

Maholm's fastball command lacked in his recent outings, and home runs again were a problem for the Braves' trade deadline acquisition.

He'll face off against Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.71 ERA), who came to Miami from Los Angeles in the Hanley Ramirez trade and has been solid in his starts at Marlins Park. His command can be hit-or-miss, so he'll have to be sharp against a Braves lineup that usually shows nice patience at the plate.

Atlanta won Monday night's series opener, 7-5, and pulled to within five games of idle Washington in the NL East hunt.

Game Date/Time: Tuesday, September 18, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: SportSouth

Radio: 680 The Fan

Streaming: MLB.tv

For more on the Atlanta Braves, head over to Talking Chop, and be sure to check out Baseball Nation, SBNation's MLB hub.

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Braves Vs. Marlins Final Score: Dan Uggla's Homer Propels Atlanta To 7-5 Win

The Atlanta Braves picked up their fourth-straight win on Monday night against the Miami Marlins, winning by a score of 7-5. The club used a four-run first inning to their advantage on a night Tim Hudson struggled, and the bullpen took care of the rest. Atlanta now sits five games back of the Nationals in the NL East and holds a 7 1/2 game lead for the first wild card spot.

Martin Prado, who recorded four hits on the night, drove home the first run of the game with a single in the first inning. Dan Uggla then came up and cranked a 410-foot three-run homer down the left field line to make it 4-0.

In the fourth inning, Jeff Baker recorded his first RBI as a Brave with a line drive single to right. Tim Hudson then grounded out to plate a run and make it 6-0. The Marlins battled back, though, and scored four runs in the bottom half of the fourth. Carlos Lee then cut the deficit to 6-5 in the seventh with an RBI-single up the middle.

Prado delivered yet again in the eighth with a bloop single to center that scored a big insurance run. With a 7-5 lead in the ninth, Craig Kimbrel entered and worked a scoreless frame to secure his 37th save of the season. Atlanta is now 85-63 this season.

The Braves and Marlins will meet again Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET.

For more on this series be sure to check out Talking Chop and Fish Stripes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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Braves Vs. Marlins Lineups: Atlanta Faces Off Against Wade LeBlanc

The Atlanta Braves kick off a three-game series against the Miami Marlins on Monday night, as Fredi Gonzalez' club tries to inch closer to first place in the National League East.

Both Gonzalez and Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen have announced the starting lineups for Monday's game, and they are as follows:

Atlanta Braves

CF Michael Bourn
SS Andrelton Simmons
RF Jason Heyward
1B Freddie Freeman
3B Martin Prado
2B Dan Uggla
C David Ross
LF Jeff Baker
SP Tim Hudson

Miami Marlins

LF Bryan Petersen
CF Gorkys Hernandez
SS Jose Reyes
1B Carlos Lee
RF Justin Ruggiano
3B Greg Dobbs
2B Donovan Solano
C Rob Brantly
SP Wade LeBlanc

LeBlanc is starting against the Braves for the second time this season, and he's also made two relief appearances against Atlanta this year as well. LeBlanc pitched four and a third innings in his only other start against Atlanta this year, and did not factor into the decision. Miami won, 4-2.

For all the latest Braves news, check out Talking Chop.

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

Tim Hudson heads to the mound for the Braves in the opener of a three-game set against the Marlins.

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Braves vs. Marlins Preview: Atlanta Looks To Keep Gaining In National League East

The Braves and Marlins meet for a three-game series in Miami this week that'll have big implications on the playoff race.

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MLB Standings: Braves Continue To Lead Wild Card Chase, Creep Closer In NL East

The Atlanta Braves continue to pace the National League Wild Card race.

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