Braves vs. Marlins: Jason Heyward Powers Braves To Series Sweep Of Miami

Jason Heyward homered twice as the Atlanta Braves completed a series sweep of Miami with an 8-2 win.

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Braves vs. Marlins Recap: Atlanta Sweeps Miami Behind Dominant Pitching Performances

The Atlanta Braves swept their first trip to visit the Miami Marlins in their new stadium this week, with two of the three games becoming blowouts by the end of nine innings. The Marlins were the best team in baseball during the month of May and Atlanta did a great job containing their sluggers in the middle of their lineup.

Stat of the Series: The Braves' starting pitchers, Tim Hudson, Randall Delgado and Mike Minor, combined to post this line against one of the National League's better lineups: 20.1 innings, 2 runs, 9 walks, 14 strikeouts. That's absolutely superb. Each of the starters also added a win to their record.

Game Recaps:

Hudson was brilliant in game one and Dan Uggla's two home runs led Atlanta to a 11-0 victory.

The second game of the series was the only close one. Delgado was great for 6.1 innings and some timely hitting early in the game led the Braves to a 2-1 win.

The series finale saw the Braves clinch a sweep with a 8-2 win. Mike Minor pitched well and Jason Heyward belted two home runs in what was a very good night for the young right fielder.

Up Next: The Bravos will return home for a nine-game, 10-day home stand at Turner Field. They will welcome in Kelly Johnson, Yunel Escobar and the Toronto Blue Jays in on Friday night.

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Chipper Jones Injury Update: Rehab Stint Scheduled For Class-A Rome

Chipper Jones has missed the last three weeks with a lower leg injury, but it appears he could finally be returning soon.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday that Jones will participate in a rehab stint in Class-A Rome on Saturday and Sunday. Jones had hoped to avoid a rehab assignment, but reluctantly agreed.

From the AJC:

Recovering from surgery to drain a hematoma from his lower left leg, Jones is eligible to come off the DL Friday. He said this week he’d prefer not to go on a minor-league rehab assignment and would rather be activated and play against the Toronto Blue Jays during this weekend’s series at Turner Field.

But the 40-year-old third baseman said all along that he wouldn’t rule out a brief rehab stint and that he was "haggling" with team officials this week during the Marlins series. He said during a TV interview on SportSouth during Thursday’s game that he had agreed to the weekend assignment at Rome.

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MLB Standings: Four-Game Winning Streak Moves Braves Into Second Place

The Braves have turned things around since an eight-game losing streak at the end of May.

After falling to fourth place in the NL East, the Braves have won six of seven, including four straight after a sweep of the Marlins. At 32-25, Atlanta sits in second in the division.

The division remains the most-competitive in baseball. The Braves are one game behind first-place Washington, but at 32-23, the Nationals have two games in hand. Behind the Braves are the New York Mets at 32-26, 1/2 of a game behind Atlanta. The Marlins dropped to fourth place at 31-26, but are just a game behind the Braves. The Phillies are in fifth place at 28-31, five games behind Atlanta.

MLB heads back into interleague play now, with the Braves hosting Toronto for three games beginning on Friday.

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Braves vs. Marlins Score: Four Homers, Mike Minor Lead Atlanta To 8-2 Victory

The Atlanta Braves swept their first-ever sweep at the new Marlins Park in Miami, doing so with superb pitching and timely hitting. Mike Minor, who has struggled badly in the last month, pitched well in his five innings of work. The Braves used Minor's start and four homers to lead them to a 8-2 win over Mark Buehrle and the Marlins.

Minor had not pitched in 10 days and came out a bit rusty, but the young lefty settled in nicely against a hot lineup. He surrendered just one run on four hits and five walks, striking out four in the process. He threw 103 pitches in his five innings of work.

Jose Reyes gave Miami a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run, but a two-out, two-run homer down the left field line from Martin Prado gave the Braves a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

Jason Heyward hit a monster home run in the top of the seventh inning to give Atlanta a 3-1 lead. The distance on the shot: 425 feet. Prado followed in the eighth inning with an RBI-single to score Andrelton Simmons to make the score 4-1.

Giancarlo Stanton cut the lead to 4-2 with a homer in the bottom half of the eighth, but the Braves responded yet again. Heyward hit yet another solo home run in the top of the ninth, this one going an estimated 410 feet. Michael Bourn then followed with a two-out, three-run homer to right field to move Atlanta up 8-2.

Cristhian Martinez came in for the ninth and allowed two hits to lead off the inning, but settled down nicely to end the game without a run scoring.

The Braves are now 4-1 against the Marlins this season. The two clubs will not meet again until July.

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Braves vs. Marlins Lineups: Matt Diaz Starts Against Lefty Mark Buehrle

The Atlanta Braves will look to sweep their first ever visit to new Marlins Park on Thursday night. They will send struggling lefty Mike Minor to the mound, although he could benefit from the spacious outfield. Miami will counter with veteran southpaw Mark Buehrle, who gave the Braves all kinds of problems a few weeks ago at Turner Field.

Fredi Gonzalez has gone with a pretty similar lineup for tonight's game, although he has gone back to the pitcher hitting ninth with Jose Constanza out of the lineup. Matt Diaz has been inserted into the order to help against Buehrle.

Here is the rest of the batting order for Thursday:

Michael Bourn - CF
Martin Prado - 3B
Brian McCann - C
Dan Uggla - 2B
Matt Diaz - LF
Jason Heyward - RF
Eric Hinske - 1B
Andrelton Simmons - SS
Mike Minor - P

First pitch in Miami is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Freddie Freeman Injury: Left Index Finger To Be X-Rayed Thursday

The Braves' first-baseman might miss more time with an injured finger after vision problems have caused him to slump at the plate.

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

The Atlanta Braves have won three straight on their slow climb out of the NL East basement after a terrible slump to end the month of May. Now sitting just two games behind first place Washington and in second place, the Braves can put some distance between themselves and the Marlins (also 3-1-25 and two games behind the Nationals) by completing a series sweep on Thursday.

Struggling Mike Minor will take the hill for Atlanta, and his performance in May (0-2, 9.95 ERA), was a contributing factor in the team's slide.

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

Location: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida

TV: Sports South

Radio: WNNX 100.5, WCNN 680

Probable Starters: Mike Minor (2-4) vs. Mark Buehrle (5-5)

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Atlanta Braves Defeat Miami Marlins Behind Randall Delgado's Dominant Pitching

The Atlanta Braves dominated in game one behind the arm of Tim Hudson and a line-up that churned out 11 runs against the Miami Marlins staff. Game two was an entirely different story. While it wasn't quite the blowout, Randall Delgado extended the incredible pitching the Braves are getting in this series in tonight's 2-1 win in game two.

Delgado threw six-plus innings and allowed only two hits and one run. He struck out seven and walked one. Josh Johnson also performed admirably for the Marlins. He allowed two runs in seven-plus innings, but Delgado was slightly better in the pitcher's duel. Craig Kimbrel closed the game with a perfect ninth for the Braves for his 17th save.

Brian McCann went 3 for 4 from the plate for the Braves, but both teams struggled at the plate. The Braves struck out 10 times including Andrelton Simmons who went 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts. The only hits for the Marlins came on a double from Giancarlo Stanton and a single from Bryan Petersen in the fifth inning.

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Braves Vs. Marlins: Miami Starts Justin Ruggiano Over Chris Coghlan In Game 2 Line-Up

The Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves are ready to play tonight in game two of their current three-game series, and both teams need to win to keep pace with the surprising NL East. Every team is above .500 and the Marlins are hoping Josh Johnson can work his magic against the same line-up the Braves put out last night.

The Marlins have released their line-up and Justin Ruggiano gets the call in the outfield tonight instead of Chris Coghlan. Other than that, it's the same line-up the Braves dominated 11-0 in game one. Randall Delgado takes the mound for the Braves.

MIAMI MARLINS LINE-UP
1. Jose Reyes (S) SS
2. Omar Infante (R) 2B
3. Hanley Ramirez (R) 3B
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
5. Logan Morrison (L) 1B
6. Justin Ruggiano (R) LF
7. Bryan Petersen (L) CF
8. John Buck (R) C
9. Josh Johnson (L) P

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Braves vs. Marlins: Fredi Gonzalez Rolls Out Same Lineup For Game Two

The Atlanta Braves picked up a much needed blowout victory on Tuesday night against the Miami Marlins, winning by a score of 11-0 behind a stellar performance from Tim Hudson. The club will now face another talented pitcher in the way of Josh Johnson, who has been pretty good this season after missing most of 2011 with arm and shoulder injuries.

Johnson is not yet to level he was at before the injury, but he's still going to give Atlanta a lot of problems if he's able to locate his pitches.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is running the same lineup out for game two that he employed in the first game of this series. Here it is:

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

First pitch from Miami is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Chipper Jones Injury: Braves Third Baseman Hopes To Return This Weekend, Avoid Rehab Stint

The Atlanta Braves have struggled to score runs this season without Chipper Jones in the lineup and it appears the injured 40-year-old third baseman is nearing a return to the diamond. Jones has been out for about three weeks with a badly bruised ankle and even underwent surgery to remove blood that had built up in the area due to the swelling.

Now that we have delightful picture in your head, let's talk about the good news: Chipper is hoping to play by this weekend at Turner Field against the Blue Jays. What he isn't hoping to do is need a Minor League rehab assignment to play a game or two, although that appears to be up in the air at this point.

Here is the latest from David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Manager Fredi Gonzalez would prefer at least a game or two of rehab for Jones, who took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since having May 26 surgery to drain a nasty hematoma on his lower left leg.

"I'm haggling with management right now as to whether I take a rehab assignment of not," said Jones, who would like to play as soon as Friday against Toronto, the first day he's eligible to come off the DL. "But the next couple of days will determine that."

Gonzalez said a decision might be a few days away. He smiled and said, "This is going to be the Gonzalez-Jones soap opera. The last answer I got from him was ... he didn't give me an answer."

It would be nice to avoid the risk of having Jones play on what are typically poorly kept minor league fields for a night or two given his knee concerns, but some at-bats against live pitching would probably do him some good. It appears that the health of Jones' ankle and knee will be the determining factor in all of this; I don't think Fredi Gonzalez has earned the right to tell Chipper what he can or cannot do when it comes to his health at this point.

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2012 MLB All-Star Voting: Dan Uggla Leading, Chipper Jones Third

Dan Uggla currently leads fan voting for the starting second baseman position at the 2012 All-Star Game.

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

The Atlanta Braves are back from the temporarily dead - after a losing streak put them from first to last in the NL East in just over a week, they're only two games behind first place Washington in what's become a tight division race (Atlanta is still in fourth place, separated by 1.5 games from the Mets and Marlins).

Randall Delgado will get the start for Atlanta after getting a win against St. Louis in his last outing, his first since April 17. He'll face Josh Johnson, 5-3 all-time against the Braves.

Date / Time: Wednesday, June 6, 7:10 p.m ET

Location: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida

TV: Sports South

Radio: WNNX 100.5, WCNN 680

Probable Starters: Randall Delgado (3-5) vs. Josh Johnson (3-3)

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Braves vs. Marlins Score: Dan Uggla Slams Former Team, Tim Hudson Dominates In 11-0 Win

The Atlanta Braves found their first trip to Marlins Park an enjoyable one, defeating their NL East foes by a score of 11-0. The club pounded out 16 hits and scored eight of their 11 runs with two outs, which has seemingly become a trend in recent weeks.

Tim Hudson was phenomenal against a hot Miami lineup, surrendering just five hits and three walks. He struck out there and needed just 108 pitches to complete his evening.

The other story of the game was Dan Uggla, who went 4-for-5 with two homers, five RBI and three runs scored. Uggla's second homer hit the enormous statue in center field, which was an estimated shot of 435 feet. Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with a walk, giving him his first multi-hit game in nearly a month.

Young shortstop Andrelton Simmons has been impressive in the field since being called up, but his bat was yet to come around. That changed on Tuesday evening as the young prospect went 3-for-5 with a triple and three runs batted in.

Every starter in the Braves lineup had a hit other than Brian McCann.

Atlanta will look to claim a series victory on Wednesday night against Josh Johnson. Randall Delgado will take the mound for the Braves. The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. ET.

For more on the Braves be sure to check out Talking Chop.

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Braves Vs. Marlins, Game 1 Lineups Released

Chipper Jones hasn't yet returned to the Atlanta Braves lineup just yet - but that might be soon to come. In his absence, Atlanta will keep Martin Prado at third and Jose Constanza in left field, batting ninth. Certainly the Braves will welcome back Chipper with the ability to move Prado back to the outfield, thus increasing their offensive power.

Braves:

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. Tim Hudson (R) P

9. Jose Constanza (L) LF

Marlins:

1. Jose Reyes (S) SS

2. Omar Infante (R) 2B

3. Hanley Ramirez (R) 3B

4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF

5. Logan Morrison (L) 1B

6. Bryan Petersen (L) CF

7. John Buck (R) C

8. Chris Coghlan (L) LF

9. Anibal Sanchez (R) P

Read more about the Atlanta Braves at Talking Chop and head over to Fish Stripes for the Marlins fans' perspective. Check out Baseball Nation to read additional news, notes and analysis around Major League Baseball.

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

The Atlanta Braves begin their three-game series against National League East Division foe Miami Marlins, looking to turn things around in this awkward slump that sent the Braves to the bottom of the division standings.

Miami is currently No. 2 in the division standings, having won seven of its last 10 games, completely opposite of Atlanta, losers of seven of its last 10 games.

Tim Hudson (3-2, 4.60 ERA) will make the start of the Braves, while he faces Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 2.56 ERA) in the pitching duel.

Here is a look at the game schedule for the series opener:

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 5, 7;10 p.m. ET

Location: Miami, Florida

TV: SPSO, Fox Sports Florida

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Braves vs. Marlins Preview: Atlanta Looks To Cool Off Giancarlo Stanton In Miami

The Braves head to Miami for their first visit inside Marlins Park.

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