May 9, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Paul Maholm delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Braves vs. Cubs: Atlanta's Bats Can't Solve Paul Maholm, Lose 1-0

Paul Maholm allowed just three hits in seven shutout innings, as the Braves lost 1-0 on Wednesday.

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MLB Standings 2012: Atlanta Tied For First In NL East

With one sixth of the 2012 MLB season now in the books, the Atlanta Braves have been able to shake off their historic collapse last season to put themselves in a first-place tie in the NL East with the surprising Washington Nationals.

The usual standings in the division have been reversed, as Philadelphia, who have won the last five NL East crowns, is currently languishing in last place at 14-18.

Atlanta and Washington, meanwhile, have raced out to a five-game lead over the Phillies after one month. The New York Mets, at 18-13, are right behind them at only .5 games back.

The new-look Miami Marlins are in the mix as well at 16-15, as the NL East has been the most competitive division in MLB top-to-bottom in 2012 so far.

Atlanta, with a +24 point differential, has been the best team in 2012, but as they well know, anything can still happen over the next five months.

For more news and notes on the Braves, head over to Talking Chop.

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Atlanta Braves Vs. Chicago Cubs Final Score: Braves Lose Pitchers Duel, 1-0

Tim Hudson pitched very well for the Atlanta Braves in Wednesday's rubber match against the Chicago Cubs. Unfortunately for the Braves, Paul Maholm pitched better for the Cubs, as the Cubs picked up the 1-0 victory on Wednesday.

Hudson pitched seven innings, giving up just one run on five hits, while striking out one and walking none. Chicago's lone run came in the seventh inning, when Bryan LaHair, one of baseball's best stories in the young 2012 season, singled to left field, scoring David DeJesus.

LaHair finished the day two for three, raising his season slash line to .384/.476/.767.

Atlanta's bats couldn't solve Maholm, who pitched seven innings, giving up three hits and three walks while striking out three. James Russell pitched a scoreless eighth before Rafael Dolis pitched a clean ninth, converting his third save of the season.

Atlanta will now head to St. Louis, where they'll open up a three-game series on Friday against the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.

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Braves Vs. Cubs: Game 3 Starting Lineups Announced

As the Atlanta Braves wrap up their series on the North Side, they'll have two adjustments to the lineup against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon. Catcher David Ross will be behind the plate instead of Brian McCann, but batting seventh (Dan Uggla moves to the cleanup spot) while Jack Wilson will get the start at short over Tyler Pastornicky.

Atlanta:

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF

2. Martin Prado (R) LF

3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B

4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B

5. Chipper Jones (S) 3B

6. Jason Heyward (L) RF

7. David Ross (R) C

8. Jack Wilson (R) SS

9. Tim Hudson (R) P

Chicago:

1. David DeJesus (L) RF

2. Tony Campana (L) CF

3. Starlin Castro (R) SS

4. Bryan LaHair (L) 1B

5. Ian Stewart (L) 3B

6. Geovany Soto (R) C

7. Adrian Cardenas (L) LF

8. Darwin Barney (R) 2B

9. Paul Maholm (L) P

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Braves Vs. Cubs: Game 3 Preview, TV Info And More

The Atlanta Braves will turn to TIm Hudson for a rubber match win against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon, where the veteran right hander has a career 2.91 ERA in three starts. Dan Uggla got the big hit of the Braves' win on Tuesday night, but it's Jason Heyward who seems to enjoy playing at Wrigley the most in his young career. After a solo HR in Monday's loss, Heyward is now hitting .367 with four home runs, 10 RBIs and seven runs scored in nine career games against the ivy.

Date / Time: Wednesday, 2:20 p.m. ET

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

TV: Sports South

Radio: WNNX 100.5, WCNN 680

Probable Starters: Tim Hudson (1-0) vs. Paul Maholm (3-2)

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Braves vs. Cubs: Dan Uggla's Late Hit Keys 3-1 Victory

The Braves were unable to come up with that big, game-altering hit on Monday night against the Cubs, but that changed on Tuesday. After receiving a stellar effort from Randall Delgado -- his second such start in the last week -- and strong work from the bullpen, Atlanta tied the series up with a 3-1 victory.

Delgado pitched 5.2 innings and allowed just three hits and three walks. He struck out five. The 22-year-old had a one-hitter working through the first five innings, but back two hits in the sixth eventually ended his night.

Jason Heyward led off the fifth inning with a triple and was driven in on the next pitch courtesy of a sacrifice fly from Tyler Pastornicky. Alfonso Soriano then tied the game up at 1-1 with an RBI-double down the right field line in the bottom of the sixth.

The Braves came up big in the eighth inning against Kerry Wood. Michael Bourn singled to lead off the inning and Martin Prado followed with a walk. After a Freddie Freeman groundout to put runners on the corner, Brian McCann walked. Dan Uggla lined a ball back up the middle that went just out of the reach of shortstop Starlin Castro, scoring Bourn and Freeman easily.

Jonny Venters worked a scoreless eighth inning, keyed by a huge 4-6-3 double play that is sure to hit the highlight reels on Tuesday evening. Craig Kimbrel then shut the door in the ninth, striking out two and getting Geovany Soto to pop out for the final out of the game.

The Braves will go for the series win on Wednesday afternoon. Tim Hudson will take the mound for Atlanta and will be opposed by Paul Maholm. First pitch is set for 2:20 ET from Wrigley Field.

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Braves Vs. Cubs: Game 2 Starting Lineups Announced

Despite scoring only one run in a rainy Monday loss at Wrigley Field, the Braves' lineup will stay exactly the same entering Tuesday night's game, while the Cubs have made a few changes at the bottom of their order. Alfonso Soriano will play left field and bat fifth instead of Reed Johnson, while Adrian Cardenas replaces Darwin Barney at second base, and bats eighth in the lineup.

Atlanta:

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF

2. Martin Prado (R) LF

3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B

4. Brian McCann (L) C

5. Dan Uggla (R) 2B

6. Chipper Jones (S) 3B

7. Jason Heyward (L) RF

8. Tyler Pastornicky (R) SS

9. Randall Delgado (R) P

Chicago:

1. David DeJesus (L) RF

2. Tony Campana (L) CF

3. Starlin Castro (R) SS

4. Bryan LaHair (L) 1B

5. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF

6. Ian Stewart (L) 3B

7. Geovany Soto (R) C

8. Adrian Cardenas (L) 2B

9. Ryan Dempster (R) P

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Braves Vs. Cubs: Game 2 Preview, TV Info And More

The Atlanta Braves couldn't get much offense going against the Chicago Cubs on Monday, which something the team shouldn't have a problem with a lot this season. But in game 2 of this three-game series, the Braves are battling Ryan Dempster, who has a 0.95 ERA in four appearances this season.

Even with the loss on Monday, Atlanta is 18-12 in second place in the National League East Division, while the Cubs at 12-17 are close to the bottom of the National League Central Division.

Here is a look at the game schedule and television information for Braves vs. Cubs:

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 7:05 p.m. CDT

TV: SportsSouth

Online streaming: MLB.TV

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Braves Vs. Cubs: Atlanta Offense Quieted In 5-1 Loss

Despite having scored 44 runs over the last five games, the Braves could only muster one run on six hits in a 5-1 loss to the Cubs in the series-opener.

Jeff Samardzija gave up one earned run on five hits over seven innings for the Cubs. Chipper Jones and Tyler Pastornicky each went 2-for-4 for Atlanta. The Braves' lone run came on a solo home run from Jason Heyward in the second inning to put Atlanta up 1-0.

Tommy Hanson gave up two earned runs over six innings in the start for the Braves and was credited with the loss.

The Cubs took the lead when Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart hit back-to-back solo homers in the fourth inning. With the lead at 3-1 in the eighth, Geovany Soto hit a two-run homer.

The loss broke a three-game winning streak by the Braves.

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Braves Vs. Cubs: Starting Lineups Announced

The Atlanta Braves begin their three game road series against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night and will look to continue their strong recent efforts.

The starting lineups for game one of the series have been announced, and here's a look at each side.

Atlanta:

1. Michael Bourn, center field, L

2. Martin Prado, left field, R

3. Freddie Freeman, first base, L

4. Brian McCann, catcher, L

5. Dan Uggla, second base, right

6. Chipper Jones, third base, S

7. Jason Heyward, right field, L

8. Tyler Pastornicky, shorstop, R

9. Tommy Hanson, pitcher, R

Chicago:

1. David DeJesus, right field, L

2. Tony Campana, center field, L

3. Starlin Castro, shortstop, R

4. Bryan LaHair, first base, L

5. Ian Stewart, third base, L

6. Reed Johnson, left field, R

7. Darwin Barney, second base, R

8. Geovany Soto, catcher, R

9. Jeff Samardzija, pitcher, R

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2012 MLB Standings: Braves Trail Nationals By Half Game

Its still very early in the 2012 Major League Baseball season but it is never too early to take a quick peek at the standings. Fresh off of a sweep of the Colorado Rockies, the Atlanta Braves are in second place and a half game behind the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East.

The Braves have won six of 10 and are two and a half games in front of third place New York. Miami is on the move after winning six straight games while the Philadelphia Phillies have sunk to last place in the division.


NL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Washington 18 10 .642 0 Lost 1
Atlanta 18 11 .620 0.5 Won 3
New York 15 13 .535 3 Won 2
Miami 14 14 .500 4 Won 6
Philadelphia 14 15 .482 4.5 Won 1

(updated 5.7.2012 at 9:08 AM EDT)


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Braves Vs. Cubs: Game 1 Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Braves are looking to win their fourth straight game as they take on the Cubs.

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Braves vs. Cubs Preview: Atlanta Looks To Stay Hot At Wrigley Field

The Braves head to cold, rainy Chicago this week.

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