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Mets Vs. Braves: Atlanta closes out home finale with 6-2 win

Kris Medlen won his 23rd straight start on Sunday afternoon as Chipper Jones played the final home regular season game of his career.

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Braves 3 games back in division race

With three games remaining, the Atlanta Braves have clinched at least the National League's first Wild Card spot.


Chipper Jones wins Turner Field finale

Chipper Jones walked twice and singled in his final regular season game at Turner Field. The Braves have now won the last 23 times Kris Medlen makes a start.


Michael Bourn is late addition to Braves' lineup

Michael Bourn is a late addition to the Braves lineup after missing the last few games with a sore thumb.


Braves' Eric O'Flaherty has sore back

Eric O'Flaherty will rest his sore back in preparation for the 2012 MLB Playoffs.


Chipper hitting cleanup in final home game

Chipper Jones will be playing 3rd base and batting cleanup in his final regular season home game at Turner Field. Jose Constanza gets another start in centerfield and in the leadoff spot as Michael Bourn continues to sit out with a thumb injury. Brian McCann gets the day off on Sunday as David Ross takes his place behind the plate and will bat seventh.

Here is a look at the full lineups for Sunday's series finale between the Braves and the Mets:

Atlanta Braves

1. Jose Constanza CF
2. Martin Prado LF
3. Jason Heyward RF
4. Chipper Jones 3B
5. Freddie Freeman 1B
6. Dan Uggla 2B
7. David Ross C
8. Andrelton Simmons SS
9. Kris Medlan P

New York Mets

1. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Ike Davis (L) 1B
5. Scott Hairston (R) CF
6. Lucas Duda (L) LF
7. Mike Baxter (L) RF
8. Kelly Shoppach (R) C
9. Jenrry Mejia (R) P


Braves go for win in Chipper's final home game

The Atlanta Braves will face the New York Mets on Sunday for their final home game of the year, and there are all kinds of historical and playoff implications. A loss by the Braves would clinch the NL East for the Nationals, meaning the Braves would have to play in the one game wildcard playoff. However, even if the Braves win, a Washington win over St. Louis would still clinch the division.

Sunday is also the final home game for Chipper Jones. Jones has spent all 19 of his major league seasons with the Braves, who will get at least one more home game in the playoffs.

Kris Medlen will take the ball for Atlanta, and will face off against the Mets' Jenrry Mejia. The Braves have won the past 22 games that Medlen has started. A win on Sunday would set the MLB record for consecutive wins, breaking the tie currently held between Medlen and the Braves and Whitey Ford and the Yankees.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, September 30, 1:35 p.m. ET

TV: Fox Sports South

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

Radio: 680 The Fan

Streaming: MLB.tv


Mike Minor wins 11th as Braves defeat Mets 2-0

Mike Minor picks up his 11th win of the season as the Braves bounce back from Friday's loss with a 2-0 win over the Mets.


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

The Atlanta Braves and New York Mets resume their three-game series at Turner Field Saturday. The Mets took a 3-1 win in Game 1 on Friday thanks to a three-run homer by Lucas Duda.

Atlanta sends Mike Minor (10-10) to the hill in Game 2. After a rough start to the season, Minor has pitched well over the last month. Since Aug. 25, he's 4-0, and his ERA has steadily dropped from 7.09 in May to 4.27 entering Saturday's game. In his only start against the Mets this season, the lefty allowed six runs on six hits in five innings and took the loss.

New York will call on righty Chris Young (4-8), who is seeking his second win since Aug. 2. Young has a 4.21 ERA and has won just two games since the beginning of July.

For Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, the game is one step closer to his final regular-season appearance at Turner Field. Atlanta held Jones' retirement ceremony before Friday's game, but he went 0-4 and didn't hit the ball out of the infield.

The Braves have already clinched a wild card berth, but Atlanta is still chasing the Washington Nationals for a possible National League East title. Entering this weekend's series, the Braves trailed the Nats by four games with six to play.

Saturday's first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by Peachtree TV. For a complete list of Braves radio affiliates, click here.


Braves lose, 3-1, on Chipper Jones night

The seventh largest crowd in Turner Field history was witness to a 3-1 Braves loss as Atlanta Braves went down to the New York Mets. Chipper Jones, starting his final home series and honored in a pre-game ceremony, went 0-for-4 on the night on four groundouts.

Tim Hudson went seven innings for Atlanta, striking out four and issuing one walk. He allowed five hits, including a three run home run to Lucas Duda that would be New York's only mark on the board. The entire Braves offense struggled, getting only four hits off Mets starting pitcher Jonathan Niese and none from New York's bullpen. They had a runner in scoring position only once, an opportunity lost on a Hudson groundout. Freddie Freeman provided the Braves' only offense with a solo home run in the fourth.

The Braves have already clinched a playoff spot and, with five games remaining, are still in the hunt for the NL East title. Game 2 of the series is Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Tim Hudson may miss scheduled start

Tim Hudson may be scratched from his scheduled start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, reports David O'Brien at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kris Medlen is scheduled to start the wild card playoff game on Oct. 5, and if the Braves win then Hudson would be available for the start of the Division Series. If the Braves have worked their way into contending for the division title, the above would not occur and Hudson would make his scheduled start. Hudson has had an extremely strong year for the club, posting a 16-6 record with a 3.61 ERA.

Other Braves news from O'Brien includes an update on Michael Bourn's injury. Bourn injured his hand sliding head-first into second base last Saturday. A second MRI on the hand showed no structural damage, but the team elected to keep the center fielder out of the lineup to ensure a full recovery. Reed Johnson has been playing for O'Brien and did so again Friday night.

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Mets vs. Braves lineups released

Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves begin their final regular-season home series when they host the New York Mets on Friday night. The Braves have already assured themselves a playoff spot and could theoretically still win the NL East, though they trail the Nationals by four games with just six to go.

The lineups for Friday night's game are listed below. Atlanta is going for its sixth win in a row.


1. Reed Johnson (R) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Jason Heyward (L) RF
4. Chipper Jones (S) 3B
5. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
6. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
7. David Ross (R) C
8. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
9. Tim Hudson (R) P

Related: Putting Chipper Jones' Last Year In Context

New York:

1. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Ike Davis (L) 1B
5. Scott Hairston (R) CF
6. Lucas Duda (L) LF
7. Mike Baxter (L) RF
8. Josh Thole (L) C
9. Jon Niese (L) P


Braves make up no ground on Nats, despite win

With a 6-2 win over the Marlins on Thursday night, the Braves earned win No. 91, tied for the third-most in the National League and fourth-most in the MLB. Despite that solid record, the Braves are still four games behind the Washington Nationals for the NL East lead with just six games left for each team.

By defeating the Phillies, 7-3, on the road, the Nationals held their lead in the NL East and dropped the magic number for the division crown to four. The Nationals have plenty of motivation to finish strong too, as they hold a one game lead for homefield advantage throughout the National League playoffs.

To catch the Nationals, the Braves will need at least four wins in their final six games, with three at home against the Mets and three on the road against the Pirates. Washington will need to lose at least four of their six games, beginning with a road series against the Cardinals and finishing with a home series against the Phillies.

Here is a look at the full N.L. East standings entering play on Friday:

NL East Standings

Washington 95 61 .608 0 Won 2
Atlanta 91 65 .583 4 Won 5
Philadelphia 78 78 .500 17 Lost 2
New York 72 84 .461 23 Won 2
Miami 66 90 .423 29 Lost 7

(updated 9.28.2012 at 8:51 AM EDT)


Braves look for sixth straight against Mets

Tim Hudson (16-6) heads to the mound looking to send the Braves to their sixth straight win.


Chipper, Braves play final home series of season

The Braves and Mets will meet for the second-to-last series of the 2012 season this weekend at Turner Field. More importantly, it is Chipper Jones' final home stand at Turner Field.

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