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Braves to open season against Phillies in prime time doubleheader on ESPN2

Atlanta's season opens at home in a nationally televised game against Philadelphia.

Scott Cunningham

The Atlanta Braves will be featured as part of Major League Baseball's prime-time opening night double-header, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Braves open their season against the Philadelphia Phillies, starting a three-game series at Turner Field on Monday, April 1. Television coverage of the game will be provided by ESPN2.

The Braves saw the Phillies 18 times in 2012, winning a decisive 12 games. Atlanta also holds the historical edge, having won the majority of the more than 2000 games between the two franchises.

After the Phillies the Braves host the Chicago Cubs for a three-game series, then go on the road to face the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals. Atlanta's 2012 postseason run was a brief one, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the one-game wild card play-in. They won't get their chance at revenge until late July, when they face St. Louis in a three-game series at Turner field.

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