Braves vs. Nationals: Tommy Hanson, Jason Heyward Lead Atlanta To 3-2 Win Over Washington

Tommy Hanson pitched seven strong and Jason Heyward knocked in the go ahead runs as the Braves came from behind to defeat the Nationals 3-2.

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Braves vs. Nationals Recap: Andrelton Simmons Impresses In Rain Shortened Series

The Braves had their mind set on revenge following a sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals last weekend in Atlanta, but rain and a dominating performance from Stephen Strasburg led to a 1-1 series split between the two clubs.

Friday night's game was rained out due to some serious rain, wind and even a tornado warning in the Washington D.C. area. The date of the makeup game is still to be determined.

Andrelton Simmons made his debut on Saturday against Strasburg and was unsurprisingly overmatched, but the kid showed us early and often just why scouts drool over his defense. The whole lineup was unable to get much of anything going against the Nats' ace as Atlanta lost by a score of 2-0.

Tommy Hanson surrendered home runs on two of the first four pitches he threw on Sunday afternoon in the series finale, but the lanky righty battled back to work seven very strong innings. The Braves battled back in the fifth and took a 3-2 lead against Gio Gonzalez on a two-run single from Jason Heyward. The bullpen managed to hang on to seal the victory for the Braves by the same score, earning their first win of the season against Washington.

The Braves will have yet another day off on Monday before heading south to take on the Miami Marlins in their new ballpark for the first time. Tim Hudson will square off against Anibal Sanchez in the series opener on Tuesday night.

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Braves Vs. Nationals Final Score: Atlanta Earns Split With 3-2 Win Sunday

Things sure didn't begin well for Tommy Hanson but he found himself long enough to help the Braves to a 3-2 win and a series split with the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

The Nationals jumped on top quickly against Tommy Hanson beginning the game with back-to-back home runs by Stephen Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper. Hanson didn't allow another run throwing seven strong innings while allowing six hits and striking out six. With the victory Hanson improves to 6-4 on the season.

Atlanta got on the board in the third on a long double by Dan Uggla that scored Martin Prado to make the score 2-1. The Braves took the lead for good in the fifth when Jason Heyward plated Prado and Uggla with an opposite field hit off of Gio Gonzalez to give Atlanta a 3-2 advantage.

Eric O'Flaherty walked the first two batters he faced in the eighth inning but coaxed a double play grounder out of Ryan Zimmerman and got Adam LaRoche to fly out to end the inning. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to pick up save No. 16.

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Braves Vs. Nationals Sunday Lineups: David Ross, Matt Diaz In Against Gio Gonzalez

Fredi Gonzalez is going with a more conventional lineup against left hander Gio Gonzalez on Sunday. Jose Constanza gets the day off against the lefty which returns pitcher Tommy Hanson to the ninth spot in the order. Matt Diaz will play left and bat fifth in today's lineup.

Here is a look at the full lineups for today's series finale against the Nationals:

Atlanta Braves

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) 3B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
5. Matt Diaz (R) LF
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
7. David Ross (R) C
8. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
9. Tommy Hanson (R) P

Washington Nationals

1. Steve Lombardozzi (S) LF
2. Bryce Harper (L) CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 3B
4. Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
5. Michael Morse (R) RF
6. Ian Desmond (R) SS
7. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
8. Jesus Flores (R) C
9. Gio Gonzalez (R) P

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Brian McCann Injury: Braves Slugger Sitting Out Sunday After Knee Swells

Brian McCann will sit out Sunday's series finale against the Washington Nationals after experiencing swelling in his injured knee. McCann left Saturday's game after being struck on the knee by a pitch from reliever Jonny Venters. The Braves are off on Monday and McCann hopes that two straight days off will be enough to get him back in the lineup.

David Ross is in the starting lineup on Sunday and is hitting seventh. Ross replaced McCann in the lineup on Saturday and is hitting .217 with two homeruns and five RBIs in 17 games this season.

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

The Braves will try to salvage a split in their weather shortened two game series with the Washington Nationals Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. Tommy Hanson (5-4, 3.84 ERA) will try to bounce back from his shortest outing of the season on Sunday and try to stop Atlanta's losing streak against the Nationals in the process.

Hanson lasted just 3 1/3 innings against the Cardinals on Monday. The Braves went on to lose that game 8-2 with Hanson on the hook for six of those runs.

Getting a victory won't be an easy task against Washington starter Gio Gonzalez (7-1, 2.04 ERA) who is looking for his sixth straight win in as many starts. Gonzalez struck out 10 while allowing two runs and one hit in a 7-2 win over the Braves last Sunday at Turner Field.

Atlanta has lost nine of its last 11 games.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, June 3, 1:35 p.m. ET

Location: Nationals Park, Washington D.C.

TV: Fox SportSouth

Radio: 680 The Fan

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

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Andrelton Simmons Looks Comfortable In Major League Debut

Andrelton Simmons had to wait an extra day to make his debut in the Major Leagues for the Atlanta Braves but he looked as good as advertised defensively despite an 0 for 3 showing at the plate. Simmons talked about his debut following the game.

"It was comfortable. The view was a bit different, with all the people in the back, but pretty much it was another game. I felt comfortable out there, saw the ball well, made the plays. It went well, just didn't get the win."

Simmons hit one lined a shot right at the shortstop in one of his at bats that was turned into a 6-4-3 double play. There is little shame in going 0 for 3 against a pitcher like Stephen Strasburg particularly when he is in a groove like on Saturday. Simmons looked the part defensively as he made many routine plays in the field look rather routine.

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Brian McCann Injury: Braves Catcher Hopeful To Play On Sunday

Braves catcher Brian McCann left Saturday's game after begins struck square in the knee by a pitch from Jonny Venters. McCann was replaced in the game by David Ross but is hopeful that he will be able to play on Sunday with Atlanta still looking for its first win over the Nationals this season.

"Right around the knee, it's pretty sore. I'm not sure. I'm going to get here. I intend to play and go from there. I came out of the game right there because I couldn't really go down on my knees to block and it's a big situation there. I'm going to get here tomorrow and hopefully play."

"Yeah, if I can move around and I can block, I'll be able to play, for sure."

Fredi Gonzalez indicated that the ball hit the muscle above the knee so swelling would be the only thing that might hold McCann back on Sunday.

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Braves vs. Nationals Score: Atlanta Dominated By Stephen Strasburg In 2-0 Loss

The Atlanta Braves received a fine pitching performance from Brandon Beachy on Saturday afternoon, but Stephen Strasburg was simply too good as the Nationals went on to win 2-0. The Braves managed just six hits, did not walk and only had two runners reach scoring position twice.

For as good as Beachy was, he made one mistake to Jesus Flores. The Nationals catcher took a high fastball and deposited it into the left field seat, giving Washington a 1-0 lead in the fifth.

Danny Espinosa drew a one-out walk against Beachy in the seventh, which would be the final batter he faced. Flores drew a walk against Chad Durbin, prompting Fredi Gonzalez to bring in the struggling Jonny Venters in from the bullpen. Venters left an elevated 3-2 fastball over the plate and Xavier Nady did not miss it, doubling down the right field line.

With the Braves trailing 2-0 in the eighth they received back-to-back infield singles from Matt Diaz and Jose Constanza, but Michael Bourn flew out to left to end the threat. Atlanta did not mount a rally in the ninth, striking out for two of their three outs.

Brian McCann left the game with an injury but it is not believed to be too serious. He took a ball off the kneecap in the seventh inning and was able to put some weight on it, although he left after consulting with manager Fredi Gonzalez and trainer Jeff Porter.

Andrelton Simmons went 0-for-3 with a double play in his debut, although he smoked the ball right at the shortstop in his second at-bat. His defense was as good as advertised, making numerous plays in the field look easy.

The Braves and Nats will meet for the series finale on Sunday afternoon.

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Brian McCann Injury: Braves Catcher Exits Game After Taking Ball To Kneecap

Braves catcher Brian McCann was forced to exit Saturday's game against the Nationals in the seventh inning after taking a ball off the kneecap. McCann was catching Jonny Venters, and it appeared the two got mixed up on a sign. Mac missed the ball -- a 94mph fastball -- and it bounced directly off his left kneecap.

It appeared that his kneepad caught most of the impact, but again we're talking about taking a fastball off the knee here. McCann hobbled away from the plate and attempted to stay in, but he left after meeting with manager Fredi Gonzalez and trainer Jeff Porter.

The good news is that he was able to put weight on the knee and bend it enough to get into a crouching position, but you'd have to imagine McCann will have a pretty nasty bruise. As we've all seen with the bruise Chipper Jones sustained to his ankle a few weeks ago they can really be a lingering injury for a player.

More to come on McCann as the game wraps up in Washington.

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Fredi Gonzalez Responds To Jair Jurrjens' Comments

Before Saturday's game Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez talked about the comments made by demoted pitcher Jair Jurrjens and had a pretty simple message for the right hander. Jurrjens was upset by the move the Braves made to send Kris Medlen to the minors to start working on stamina in preparation for a starters role.

Gonzalez indicated that the move with Medlen had nothing to do with Jurrjens and that the two were separate issues.

"He's a big part of this organization," Gonzalez said of Jurrjens. "We're just waiting for him to pitch two or three good ballgames, bottom line. I don't think the Medlen thing has anything to do with him, really."

After that he had a simple message for Jurrjens that basically says if he wants to get back to the Braves rotation then he needs to pitch better and show some consistency at the Triple A level.

"We're just waiting for him to run a good string and feel like he can help us," Gonzalez said. "When he can, we'll move him up. It's got nothing to do with ‘We don't want him' or don't care about him, or Medlen."

Jurrjens' stint with Gwinnett has been a roller coaster ride so far with a few good starts mixed in with a lot of bad. Two starts ago he through his best of the season throwing eight shutout innings while allowing three hits against Rochester. He followed that up by lasting just 4 2/3 while allowing 12 hits and 10 runs (six earned) on Friday.

Less we forget Jurrjens salary for this season is $5.5 million which he is paid regardless of whether he is in Atlanta or Gwinnett. The Braves have no incentive to bury him in the minors.

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Braves vs. Nationals Lineups: Andrelton Simmons In Hitting 7th

Both the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals have posted their lineups to the umpire as the two teams begin to restart their series after Friday's contest was rained out.

An interesting lineup for the Braves on Friday: Martin Prado starts at the hot corner for Chipper Jones as Juan Francisco's anemic bat gets a rest, Andrelton Simmons gets his shot at shortstop for Tyler Pastornicky, and Fredi Gonzales is going with the "pitchers hit 8th" approach as Jose Constanza starts in left field and hits ninth.

Atlanta Braves Starting Lineup

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) 3B
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
5. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
7. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
8. Brandon Beachy (R) P
9. Jose Constanza (L) LF

Washington Nationals Starting Lineup

1. Steve Lombardozzi (S) LF
2. Bryce Harper (L) CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 3B
4. Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
5. Michael Morse (R) RF
6. Ian Desmond (R) SS
7. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
8. Jesus Flores (R) C
9. Stephen Strasburg (R) P

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

After rain postponed Friday's series opener, the Braves and the Nationals will open an abbreviated two-game set Saturday afternoon. Atlanta will skip Mike Minor in the rotation and go with Brandon Beachy (5-3, 1.77 ERA) while the Nationals will counter with Friday's scheduled starter Stephen Strasburg (5-1, 2.64 ERA).

The rain also postponed the debut of prospect Andrelton Simmons who will take over for the Braves as the regular shortstop after replacing Tyler Pastornicky on the roster. Simmons was hitting .292 with three homers and 21 RBIs for Double A Mississippi at the time of his promotion.

Game Date/Time: Saturday, June 2, 4:05 p.m. ET

Location: Nationals Park, Washington D.C.

TV: Peachtree TV, Fox SportSouth

Radio: 680 The Fan

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

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Tyler Pastornicky Shifting To Utility Role In Minors

While Andrelton Simmons might be the long term answer for the Braves at shortstop the organization still has plans for departed shortstop Tyler Pastornicky. The plan going forward is for Pastornicky to adapt into an utility role somewhat resembling that of former Braves player Omar Infante.

Gonzalez said they plan to play Pastornicky some at second base, in addition to shortstop, and before the summer is out to get him action in the outfield.

That versatility is always valuable and Infante finally turned it into an everyday job with the Marlins at second base. Pastornicky took his demotion well and hopefully this will light a fire under him as he tries to fight his way back to the major leagues. Pastornicky played in 45 games with the Braves and was hitting .248 with a homer and 12 RBIs.

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Jair Jurrjens Says He Feels 'Not Wanted' By Atlanta Braves

Jair Jurrjens' minor league stint to try and get back to his All-Star self hasn't gone as planned, and with a lot invested in the 26-year old right-hander its seems the relationship between the Atlanta Braves and Jurrjens is starting to become sour -- at least, that's how Jurrjens sees it.

"I understand it’s a business, and they need to do what they need to do," said Jurrjens, less than a year removed from being an All-Star. "But you have feelings, and it hurts when you feel like you’re not wanted somewhere."

For after a month now, Jurrjens has been with Triple-A Gwinnett, where he's compiled an ERA of 5.56 and is 3-3 overall. Those numbers haven't been good enough for the Braves to recall Jurrjens to the big leagues, and when the front office by passed Jurrjens for after sending down Kris Medlen it didn't sit well.

"You hear stuff. When the Medlen stuff happened, people around here, my teammates, were like, ‘Wow, they didn’t even think to call you back up?’ People were asking me, ‘Did they say anything to you?’ It just shows me what I mean to them. It doesn’t feel good, but that’s OK. It’s business."

If Jurrjens want to make it back to major, it seems not only his performance will need to turn around but so will his attitude.

"All I can control is my performance," he said. "If I’m not in their plans, I’ll move on. But I’m not a Triple-A pitcher."

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Braves Vs. Nationals: Mike Minor Will Be Skipped After Rainout

The Braves decided not to push everyone back in the rotation after Friday's rainout, according to the club:

So Mike Minor will be skipped in the rotation and Brandon Beachy will pitch on Saturday, as was originally scheduled. It appears the Nationals will bump everyone back a day, so Atlanta unfortunately will still have to face Washington ace Stephen Strasburg.

Strasburg's last start came against the Braves on May 26, when he allowed four earned runs over five innings, but recorded the win. Beachy's last start came against Washington on May 27, when he allowed three runs (one earned) in five innings, picking up the loss.

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Braves Vs. Nationals: Series Opener Rained Out In Washington

The series opener between the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals has been postponed due to rain that has blanketed the D.C area. No make up date has been announced as of yet.

Prospect Andrelton Simmons will have to wait one more day before making his major league debut for the Braves. Mike Minor was scheduled to get the start against Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg. Despite a recent eight game losing streak, Atlanta trails Washington by just two games for the division lead. The Nationals swept a three-game set from the Braves just last weekend scoring at least seven runs in every game.

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Braves vs. Nationals Lineups: Andrelton Simmons Starts At Shortstop, Batting Seventh

The Atlanta Braves will look to end their losing ways against the Nationals this weekend in D.C. as the club kicks off a three-game series with their NL East foes on Friday night. The Braves will turn to Mike Minor this evening. which has been a recipe for disaster the last month. The Nats will send Stephen Strasburg to the hill.

Andrelton Simmons will make his first start (weather permitting) tonight for the Braves. Michael Morse will also make the start for Washington, playing right field.

Here are the rest of the lineups:

Braves:

Michael Bourn CF
Martin Prado 3B
Brian McCann C
Dan Uggla 2B
Freddie Freeman 1B
Jason Heyward RF
Andrelton Simmons SS
Mike Minor P
Jose Constanza LF

Nationals:

Danny Espinosa 2B
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Michael Morse RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Xavier Nady LF
Jesus Flores C
Stephen Strasburg P

First pitch from rainy Nationals Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. We'll see if the two clubs are able to get this game in tonight.

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Braves Vs. Nationals: Game 1 Preview, TV Info And More

The Atlanta Braves rebounded from their eight-game losing streak - a run that sent them from first place in the NL East to the bottom of the division - with two consecutive wins over the Cardinals. Now they'll try and keep digging their way out against first place Washington, who will send ace Stephen Strasburg to the mound Friday night in D.C.

Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons will make his debut in the majors after being called up Wednesday night, and Atlanta will have both Freddie Freeman (eye issues) and Brian McCann (illness) in the lineup against the Nats, two players who missed last weekend's D.C. sweep in Atlanta.

Date / Time: Friday, June 1, 7:05 p.m. ET

Location: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

TV: Peachtree TV, Fox Sports South

Radio: WNNX 100.5, WCNN 680

Probable Starters: Mike Minor (2-4) vs. Stephen Strasburg (5-1)

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Braves vs. Nationals Preview: Andrelton Simmons Debuts Against Stephen Strasburg

The Braves look for revenge after suffering a sweep last weekend.

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MLB Standings: Braves In 4th Place, But Not Far From Top

After breaking an eight-game losing streak, the Braves find themselves just two games out of first in the NL East.

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Atlanta Braves Send Tyler Pastornicky To Triple-A, Andrelton Simmons Called Up

The Braves made a big move following their win on Wednesday night.

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