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2011 Atlanta Braves Schedule: Early-Season Day Games, Final Phillies Homestand

Complete 2011 Atlanta Braves Schedule.

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The Braves hit the road to begin the season, starting in Washington against the Nationals and Milwaukee against the Brewers before the home opener April 8 against the Phillies. The home opener will have Tim Hudson on the mound for the Braves.

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Something uncommon is the fact that the first four games of the season are day games. From March 31 to April 4, the games range from 1:05 to 2:10. That is followed by two 8:05 starts in Milwaukee before another 1:40 start to end the series. Then, two of the three games at home against the Phillies are day games, as well.

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The Braves make a trip out West early this year, heading to Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego at the end of April.

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Interleague play includes the Blue Jays, Rangers, Orioles, Mariners and Angels. Rather than focusing on one main division, it seems to be more spread out this year, which is probably better and more fair. As for the strength of this group, the Blue Jays, Rangers and Orioles should play tough.

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There are a few tough trips this season, such as flying from Washington to Colorado overnight, as well as Los Angeles to Philadelphia. It seems like the Braves are catching the tougher teams on the back ends of these trips, which isn't good news.

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What is good news is a return to the season finale homestand against the Phillies, which could leave everything up to the final series like it could have potentially last season. The Mets, Marlins and Nationals prior to that series is also pretty good news.

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The Braves start March 31 at 1:05 against the Nationals.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.