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Craig Kimbrel's scoreless outing streak was snapped at 17 in a 3-2 loss to Arizona.

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Atlanta Braves Win Series Against Arizona Diamondbacks, Denied Sweep In Finale

The Braves and Diamondbacks met for a three-game series at Turner Field this week. Atlanta could have easily swept the series, but poor hitting early in game three and a late homer from Chris Young ended any chance of that. Here are the recaps from each game in case you missed anything.

Tim Hudson completely dominated on Tuesday night, seldom needing more than three or four pitches to record an out. The veteran righty allowed just one run to score on an innocent homer from Jason Kubel, while the Braves struck early and often against Daniel Hudson. Hudson left the game with elbow pains and ended up tearing his UCL.

Atlanta got out to an early 6-0 lead against the D-backs in game two, headlined by a solo homer from Jason Heyward and a two-run bomb from Chipper Jones. Arizona rallied a bit in the late innings with homers from Ryan Roberts and Young, but they were not enough as the Braves won 6-4.

The Braves made top-prospect Trevor Bauer work in his debut on Thursday night, but the club went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base. That left the door open for the Diamondbacks, who tied it on a Kubel double and then took the lead on Young's homer off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth.

Atlanta will now shift their focus to the Washington Nationals. The D-backs face the Brewers next.

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Braves. Vs. Diamondbacks: Kimbrel Allows Late Homer In 3-2 Loss

Craig Kimbrel allowed a solo home run to Chris Young in the top of the ninth and the Braves were unable to sweep the Diamondbacks with a 3-2 defeat.

The homer snapped a streak of 17 straight scoreless outings for Kimbrel, who had allowed two hits in his previous 13 innings.

The Braves opened the scoring with an RBI double from Brian McCann in the third inning. McCann went 1-for-4. Michael Bourn doubled the lead with a sac fly in the fourth. Bourn went 0-for-3. Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the only Braves player with multiple hits.

But Jair Jurrjens wasn't able to get out of the sixth inning, allowing two earned runs in the frame. The Braves left 10 on base and went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

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Braves Send Out Big Bats To Combat Trevor Bauer's Debut

The Atlanta Braves will go for a series sweep on Thursday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who will be debuting their No. 1 prospect. Trevor Bauer is a hard-throwing righty with full command of four pitches, and he is regarded as a top-10 prospect across all of Major League Baseball.

It will be a huge night for the D-backs, but also all of baseball. Bauer has the potential to be a true ace on the mound, which there are fewer and fewer of in this day and age of the game.

For the Braves, Jair Jurrjens will look to build off a phenomenal start in Boston. Jurrjens was pounded early in the season, but he appeared to be healthy as he worked seven innings of one-run ball against the Red Sox last weekend.

Here is the Braves' lineup for Thursday. It's the same one employed in the two earlier games of this series, only Chipper Jones and Dan Uggla have switched spots.

Michael Bourn - CF
Jason Heyward - RF
Martin Prado - LF
Brian McCann - C
Chipper Jones - 3B
Dan Uggla - 2B
Freddie Freeman - 1B
Andrelton Simmons - SS
Jair Jurrjens - P

First pitch from Turner Field is set for 7:10 p.m.

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

With the Atlanta Braves hitting the daylights out of the ball and led by the streaking Jason Heyward, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games (and 20 of his last 24 outings) in Wednesday's win over Arizona, now might not be the best time to start a rookie on the hill. Yet Arizona will call up Trevor Bauer, the third overall draft pick a year ago, to pitch against Atlanta in the series finale. He'll face Jair Jurrjens, who returned from Triple-A and dominated Boston on Friday night.

Date / Time: Thursday, June 28, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: Sports South, MLB Network

Radio: WNNX 100.5, WCNN 680

Probable Starters: Trevor Bauer (0-0) vs. Jair Jurrjens (1-2)

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Braves Defeat D-backs 6-4 As Offense Continues To Roll

The Atlanta Braves have found that their new and improved lineup is working, cranking out six runs on Wednesday after scoring eight on Tuesday. The club used a couple of bloops and two blasts from Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones on their way to a 6-4 win to clinch a series victory. They'll go for the sweep on Thursday night.

Jason Heyward continued to hurt baseballs in the first inning with a no-doubt solo shot to right-center field, an estimated homer of 420 feet. The Braves scratched across three runs in the fifth, scoring on a throwing error from Trevor Cahill to bring a run home. Michael Bourn and Martin Prado both hit sacrifice flies to bring home a runner, making the score 4-0 after five innings.

Chipper Jones belted his sixth home run of the season over the center field wall in the sixth, giving Atlanta a 6-0 lead.

The Diamondbacks made things interesting in the seventh. Ryan Roberts hit a three-run homer off Tommy Hanson to cut the deficit in half, which ended Hanson's night. Jonny Venters entered from the bullpen and surrendered a solo home run to Chris Young to make the score 6-4.

Fortunately for the Braves their bullpen would step up in the final two innings. Eric O'Flaherty got out of a jam on a slick 4-6-3 double play, and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth. That's his 22nd save of the season, good for the best number in baseball.

The Braves and D-backs will meet again at 7:10 p.m. ET tomorrow night.

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Braves vs. Diamondbacks Lineups: Atlanta Rolls Out Same Lineup Following Offensive Outburst

The Atlanta Braves broke out for eight runs on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks, and manager Fredi Gonzalez has elected to go with the same lineup for tonight's game against Trevor Cahill. Jason Heyward bats second once again, Martin Prado is third and Freddie Freeman remains in the seventh spot.

Here is the complete lineup for Wednesday.

Michael Bourn - CF
Jason Heyward - RF
Martin Prado - LF
Brian McCann - C
Dan Uggla - 2B
Chipper Jones - 3B
Freddie Freeman - 1B
Andrelton Simmons - SS
Tommy Hanson - SP

It should be a great night for baseball in Atlanta. First pitch from Turner Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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

The Braves will look to take the series against Arizona on Wednesday night when Tommy Hanson takes the hill, having won his last three starts. Hanson allowed two runs or less in the first pair of those wins, but was hit for four solo homers in a shootout against the Yankees. Jason Heyward remains red-hot for the Braves, going 2-for-4 in Monday night's win, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

Date / Time: Wednesday, June 27, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: Sports South

Radio: WNNX 100.5, WCNN 680

Probable Starters: Trevor Cahill (6-5) vs. Tommy Hanson (8-4)

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Brandon Beachy Injury: Braves Pitcher Rejoins Club After Surgery

Injured Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy was back with the club on Tuesday as Atlanta prepared to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. It will be this time next season before Beachy is back in action for the club as his recovery from "Tommy John" surgery is expected to take approximately 10-11 months.

Just five days removed from his surgery, Beachy will trade in his hard cast on Wednesday for a brace. Its been a difficult few days but he is coping with the tough road back that lies ahead.

"It sucks, obviously, but it's something I can't control now. It's done and now I'm just looking forward. It's not fun watching these guys on TV but I'll make it through."

Beachy was 5-5 on the season with a 2.00 ERA and was leading both leagues holding opposing batters to just a .171 average.

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Atlanta Braves, Tim Hudson Dismantle Diamondbacks In 8-1 Blowout Victory

The Atlanta Braves went into Tuesday's game with a new and improved lineup with Jason Heyward batting second, and the club responded in a big way. The club knocked out 17 hits against Daniel Hudson and the Arizona Diamondbacks' bullpen, scoring eight runs in the process.

Tim Hudson was great in eight innings of work. The veteran righty tossed eight innings of one-run ball, with the lone run coming on a Jason Kubel home run. Hudson surrendered just seven hits and a walk. He struck out seven as he improved his record to 6-3.

The other Hudson, Daniel, exited in the second inning with an apparent arm injury. No word on the severity of the injury, but it was yet another setback for the young right-handed hurler.

Michael Bourn led off the game with a solo homer, his seventh of the season. Atlanta added on four runs in the second inning, aided by back-to-back-to-back doubles from Chipper Jones, Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons.

The Braves added on two more insurance runs in the seventh inning on a fielder's choice grounder from Freeman and a sacrifice fly from Hudson, and McCann drove home yet another run with an RBI-single in the eighth to push the lead to 8-1.

Anthony Varvaro worked a scoreless ninth inning to close the door.

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Atlanta Braves Rumors: Scouts Reportedly Watch Francisco Liriano Pitch

We're a little more than a month away from the trade deadline (July 31), which means it's about that time of year when reports of teams scouting various players will start to fly in by the hour. The Atlanta Braves could definitely add a starting pitcher (or two) following the injury to Brandon Beachy, and there appear to be quite a few options on the table.

While many have linked the club to Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza of the Cubs, a new name from a midwestern team has emerged: Francisco Liriano. Here is the report from Roto World.

Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Braves were scouting Francisco Liriano during Monday's start against the White Sox.

It was a good one to see, as Liriano spun seven innings of one-run ball while allowing just four hits. Mackey notes that the Nationals also had scouts in attendance, but they were scouting Denard Span and possibly others. Liriano has posted five quality starts in six tries since rejoining the rotation and will be a popular trade target next month if he can keep it up.

Liriano, 28, was once a top-prospect with the Minnesota Twins, but arm injuries have held him back in recent seasons. His ERA of 5.30 is pretty ugly in a pitcher-friendly park, although his FIP of 4.18 indicates he's been a bit unlucky due to poor defense this year.

The biggest concern with the lefty is walks: he's averaging more than five per nine innings, which is bad.

It appears the Braves are simply doing their due diligence here by scouting him, but it will be a story to keep an eye on in the coming weeks. Liriano doesn't really appear to be a fit, but he might be worth a closer look should he continue his very recent success on the mound.

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Braves Vs. Diamondbacks:Tuesday Preview, TV Info And More

The Braves and Diamondbacks begin a three-game series Tuesday at Turner Field, as Atlanta welcomes the hottest team in the National League after playing nearly a month against teams with winning records.

In Tuesday's game, it will be a pitching battle of the Hudsons, as Tim Hudson takes the mound for the Braves and Daniel Hudson gets the start for the D-Backs seeking the teams fifth consecutive win, which would match their longest winning streak of the season.

Take a look at the schedule and broadcast information here.

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 26, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field

TV: Fox Sports Arizona, SPSO

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Braves vs. Diamondbacks Preview: National League's Hottest Team Arrives In Atlanta

The Braves kick off a 10-game stretch at home on Tuesday night.

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MLB Standings: Atlanta Braves, 3rd Place NL East

The Atlanta Braves are in third place in the National League Central Division.

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