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Tommy Hanson worked 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball while Dan Uggla drove home three runs in a 6-2 victory.

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Chipper Jones enjoying final homestand

Chipper Jones' career is nearing its end, and he's taking time to appreciate the final moments of the regular season.

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Marlins Vs. Braves time, tv, radio info and more

The Atlanta Braves go for a sweep on Thursday when they wrap up their series against the Miami Marlins. The Braves have already secured a playoff berth and are still mathematically alive in the race for the NL East crown, though it appears they will end up with one of the wild card slots. With seven games left in the regular season, they are four games behind the Washington Nationals.

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The Marlins, on the other hand, are just playing out the string on a disappointing season. They've lost six in a row and eight of 10.

The Braves are scheduled to start Tommy Hanson (12-9, 4.46 ERA) on the mound, while the Marlins are expected to go with Jacob Turner (2-4, 5.23). Hanson has not won a start since July 30, and he gave up five runs in his last appearance.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m. ET

TV: Sports South

Radio: WCNN 680 The Fan

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Braves are likely hosting Cardinals in playoffs

The Atlanta Braves are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2010, and they're more than likely going to land home-field advantage for the one-game playoff against the second wild card qualifier. Currently, the St. Louis Cardinals lead the chase for the last NL playoff ticket by 4.5 games.

Prior to Wednesday's game, the Braves have a 5.5 lead over the Cardinals for the first wild card spot, so unless Atlanta completely collapses down the stretch, they will get to host whichever team wins the second wild card berth on the first day of the playoffs, which are scheduled for Oct. 5.

The Braves final three series are against teams that are currently under .500 in the Marlins, Mets and Pirates, while the Cardinals schedule is much more difficult the rest of the way. They do get the Astros for one more game on Wednesday night, but their final two series are at home against the Nationals and Reds.


National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Atlanta 89 65 .577 0 Won 3
St. Louis 84 71 .541 5.5 Won 4
Milwaukee 79 75 .512 10 Lost 2
Los Angeles 79 75 .512 10 Lost 1
Arizona 78 76 .506 11 Won 1
Philadelphia 78 76 .506 11 Won 1
Pittsburgh 76 78 .493 13 Won 1
San Diego 74 80 .480 15 Won 2
New York 70 84 .454 19 Lost 1
Miami 66 88 .428 23 Lost 5
Colorado 60 94 .389 29 Won 2
Chicago 59 95 .383 30 Lost 3
Houston 50 105 .322 39.5 Lost 3

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Braves clinch playoff birth behind Freeman's blast

The Atlanta Braves are going to the 2012 playoffs.

With the team trailing 3-2 in the ninth inning, Mike Dunn came out of the Marlins bullpen. Chipper Jones, playing the final home stand of his career, led off the inning with a line-drive double to right-center field. That brought up Freddie Freeman.

Freeman took ball one and then swung through a slider for the first strike against him. The next pitch was a knee-high fastball, which the 23-year-old first baseman crushed into the Turner Field sky. The ball sailed over the center field wall, clinching the first playoff birth for Atlanta since 2010.

Kris Medlen had his worst start of the season, giving up three runs over seven innings. With the Braves leading 2-1 in the seventh, Donovan Solano hit his second homer of the night to give Miami a 3-2 lead. Following the late rally by the Braves, the team has now won Medlen's last 22 starts.

The two clubs will meet again on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET. It'll be Paul Maholm and Josh Johnson on the mound.

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