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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.

Read more on the Braves at Talking Chop and SB Nation Atlanta. Head over to Amazin' Avenue and SB Nation New York or more on the Mets. Baseball Nation is your source for news and analysis around Major League Baseball.

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