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The Braves are playing over the border again today in a 1:07pm start.  And the starting lineups are... Atlanta: 1.  CF - Blanco 2.  3B - Gotay 3.  2B - Johnson 4.  1B - Teixeira 5.  DH - Norton 6.  C - McCann 7.  RF - Francouer 8.  SS - Lillibridge 9.  LF - B. Jones Toronto: 1.  SS - Eckstein 2.  2B - Inglett 3.  RF - Rios 4.  CF - Wells 5.  DH - Stairs 6.  3B - Rolen 7.  1B - Overbay 8.  C - Barajas 9.  LF - Lind Tim Hudson (8-5, 2.96 ERA) will take the mound today against John Parrish (10-1, 2.74 ERA at AAA Syracuse this year) in his 2008 debut.  If you ask me, that'll be the biggest challenge for the Braves today, having to face a pitcher they haven't seen. Chop Chatter for today:
  • Eight is the magic number for Jair Jurrjens: after pitching 8 shutout innings last night, Jurrjens moved into first place among rookies with 8 wins on the season.
  • After earning a save in Wednesday's game against Milwaukee, Mike Gonzalez extended his streak of converted saves to 32.  This leads the Majors.  In fact, he hasn't blown a save in four years (knock on wood, fast!), going strong since June 25, 2004.
  • We all know the bullpen has been busy this year.  Did you know their .226 opponents' batting average ranks third in the Majors?
  • Rehab Alert: Mark Kotsay started a rehab stint at AA Mississippi on Tuesday and has since gone 4 for 15 (.267).  It looks like he'll return to Atlanta for the Phillies series next week.  Joining Kotsay at Mississippi is Martin Prado who is 0 for 7 so far.
  • A win today will put the Braves playing .500 ball once again.

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