The Atlanta Braves might be the hottest team in baseball right now, winning seven in a row and 17 of their last 22 contests. They'll hand the ball to Ben Sheets on Wednesday night against the Marlins. Sheets has been a revelation since coming to Atlanta, going 3-0 in three starts with just one run allowed during 18 innings of work.
The Marlins will send lefty Wade LeBlanc to the mound. It was supposed to be Carlos Zambrano tonight, but manager Ozzie Guillen has since decided to replace in the rotation due to recent struggles.
The Braves have released their lineup for Wednesday. As manager Fredi Gonzalez stated earlier in the week, he wanted to give Michael Bourn a night off. Jason Heyward will replace him in center field, and Reed Johnson will make the start in right and bat leadoff. Here's the rest of the order.
Tonight’s lineup vs. MIA (7:10, SPSO/680AM/BRN): Johnson 9 Prado 7 Heyward 8 Jones 5 Freeman 3 Ross 2 Uggla 4 Janish 6 Sheets 1— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 1, 2012
Jurrjens injured: In other news, the Braves announced right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens has placed on the 15-day DL with a mild groin strain. Paul Maholm will take his place on the roster.
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