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Atlanta Braves Look to Clinch NL East in 3 Game Series Against Washington Nationals

September 17th, 2013 at 10:31 AM
By Andrew Auman

The Atlanta Braves are a mere four games away from clinching the NL East, and this week's 3 game series with the Washington Nationals is all that stands in their way.

7th inning stretch with The Nat Pack

After taking only 1 game at home against the San Diego Padres, the Braves are ready to put the final nail in the coffin that is the NL East pennant race, becoming the first team to clinch their division in baseball.

The Braves are looking to rebound after dropping 2 of 3 against the Padres, going 1-5 against the floundering Padres on the season. 

The Braves are currently 12-4 against the Nationals heading into their final series with the Nationals in the 2013 season.

The first game, originally scheduled for Monday at 7:10pm, was rescheduled in light of the tragedies that occurred in the Navy Yards bordering some of the parking lots for the Nationals' stadium. The game will be played today at 1:05pm as part of a day-night double header.

With the possibility of clinching in Washington, in the midst of this heated rivalry, the Braves' bats must wake up in order to seal the deal on the NL East division title this season.

Freddy Garcia will make another spot start in place of Paul Maholm, who is still experiencing some elbow problems. Garcia has looked good in his two spot starts thus far, and has also eaten up some valuable innings to avoid overtaxing the bullpen.

Tuesday, 1:05pm on Fox SportSouth: Braves LHP Mike Minor (13-7, 3.15 ERA) vs Nationals RHP Dan Haren (9-13, 5.02 ERA)

Tuesday, 7:05pm on Fox SportSouth: Braves RHP Freddy Garcia (3-5, 5.77 ERA) vs Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (6-0, 1.30 ERA)

Wednesday, 7:05pm on Fox SportSouth: Braves LHP Alex Wood (3-3, 3.45 ERA) vs Nationals RHP Ross Ohlendorf (4-0, 3.15 ERA)


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Tags: Alex Wood, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Dan Haren, Freddy Garcia, Mike Minor, MLB, Navy Yard, NL East, Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, San Diego Padres, Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals

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