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Cardinals vs. Braves, 2012 N.L. Wild Card Game: Atlanta hosts 1-game playoff

Wild Card winners Atlanta and St. Louis meet Friday in a one-game playoff.

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The Atlanta Braves will host the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card game on Friday evening. The Braves finished the regular season by winning seven of their final 10 games, but they were not able to catch up to the Washington Nationals in the NL East; the Nationals finished the season with the best record in baseball.

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The Braves and Cardinals meet Friday at 5:07 p.m. ET for the right to advance to the divisional series round. Under the new Major League Baseball playoff format, the two Wild Card teams meet in a one-game playoff.

The Cardinals also finished up the regular season by winning seven of their final 10 and they held off the Brewers and Dodgers for the final wild card slot.

Atlanta will start Kris Medlen (10-1, 1.57 ERA) on the mound, and the St. Louis Cardinals are scheduled to go with Kyle Lohse (16-3, 2.86). The game will be televised by TBS.

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