Braves vs. Mets: Atlanta Completes Sweep In Extra Innings

With the Nationals losing, the Braves are now 5.5 back in the NL East.

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Andrelton Simmons Injury: Simmons Hits Home Run In Rehab Game

Atlanta Braves rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons continued his rehab assignment Friday for the Class-A Lynchburg Hillcats, hitting a solo home run in the Hillcats' 2-1 playoff win.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was unsure if Simmons would stay with the Hillcats through their playoff run or if he would rejoin the Braves this weekend during their series in Queens against the New York Mets.

Simmons broke his hand in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 8 on a head-first slide into second base. He's missed about eight weeks of action.

Simmons was called up straight from Double-A Mississippi and inserted immediately as the Braves' regular shortstop on June 2 amid Tyler Pastnoricky's struggles. Simmons batted .296/.336/.452 in 125 plate appearances before the injury.

Much of Simmons' value, unlike Pastornicky, comes from his defense. Many already consider the 23-year-old an elite defender at shortstop. From ESPN's SweetSpot Blog on Simmons, a testimonial:

"Excellent reads, footwork, instincts, controlled aggression, and a quick compact arm. He made all the plays for me -- to the left, to the right, on the backhand, in the hole, topped. He's an excellent athlete with great body control."
--An NL scout who saw Simmons four times this month

Paul Janish has taken most of the responsibility at shortstop in Simmons' absence.

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Braves Vs. Mets: Kris Medlen Looks To Extend Scoreless Streak

The Atlanta Braves haven't given up a run in 28.1 innings, and they send white-hot right-hander Kris Medlen to the mound Saturday to try to extend that streak against the New York Mets.

The Braves' pitching staff has been spectacular over the past 28.1-innings. Since Chad Durbin gave up an unearned run on a D.J. LeMahieu single with two out in the eighth inning Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies, Atlanta's staff hasn't blinked. Opposing base-runners have only reached third base four times during the scoreless streak.

The Mets will try to break it up against Medlen, August's National League Pitcher of the Month who will start against New York for the second time this season. The first time around, on Aug. 11, Medlen pithced 6.1 innings and gave up one earned run on five hits with seven strikeouts. The Braves won that game 9-3.

Rookie Jeremy Hefner will make his 10th start for the Mets. He gave up six hits and two runs in his last start Sept. 1 against the Miami Marlins.

Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 8, 4:05 p.m. ET

Location: Citi Field, New York, N.Y.

TV: Fox

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Braves Vs. Mets: Paul Maholm Faces New York For First Time Since Shutout

The Atlanta Braves open a three-game series in Queens on Friday against the New York Mets. The Braves send left-hander Paul Maholm to the mound. Maholm was brilliant in his last outing against the Mets, throwing a three-hit shutout on Aug. 10. The Braves won that game, 4-0.

Jon Niese was great in his last outing against the Braves on Aug. 12. He pitched eight innings of six-hit, one-run ball in a game the Mets held on to win, 6-5.

For the Braves:

1. CF Michael Bourn (L)

2. LF Reed Johnson (R)

3. 3B Chipper Jones (S)

4. 1B Freddie Freeman (L)

5. SS Martin Prado (R)

6. RF Jason Heyward (L)

7. 2B Dan Uggla (R)

8. C David Ross (R)

9. P Paul Maholm (L)

For the Mets:

1. SS Ronny Cedeno (R)

2. 2B Daniel Murphy (L)

3. 3B David Wright (R)

4. RF Scott Hairston (R)

5. 1B Ike Davis (L)

6. C Kelly Shoppach (R)

7. LF Jason Bay (R)

8. CF Andres Torres (S)

9. P Jon Niese (L)

First pitch at Citi Field is at 7:10 p.m. ET. The game is Friday's MLB.tv free game of the day and can be streamed at MLB.tv.

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