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Braves at Phillies, ppd.

Braves at Phillies, ppd.: Tuesday’s second game of a four-game set between Atlanta and host Philadelphia was postponed due to rain. A makeup date has not been announced, although the game will not be made up either Wednesday or Thursday. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters Tuesday’s scheduled starter, rookie David Hale (0-0, 2.89 ERA), will move to the bullpen and the Braves will pitch Julio Teheran (1-1, 2.84) in his regular turn Wednesday.

Preview: Indians at Tigers

The Detroit Tigers were able to claim their third straight American League Central title a season ago due in large part to their domination of the Cleveland Indians. The Tigers, who went 15-4 against the Indians in 2013, look to repeat that success starting Wednesday when they host Cleveland for the first of two games following Tuesday’s postponement. Detroit used its advantage over the Indians last year to go 47-29 inside the division, allowing the Tigers to finish one game ahead of Cleveland.

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RHP Lance Lynn hopes to pitch well for the first time this year when he opens the team's 11-game road trip Monday night in Milwaukee. Lynn beat Cincinnati in his first two starts, although he gave up three runs in the first inning of each game. Lynn has a track record of success against the Brewers, going 3-2, 2.53, in 10 career appearances. It's his best ERA against any division opponent.

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RHP Zack Wheeler will make his third start of the season Monday against the Diamondbacks. Wheeler is still looking for his first win after taking losses against the Nationals and Braves. He was the winning pitcher in his only career start against Arizona, giving up one run and six hits in a 4-1 victory last season. CF Juan Lagares had two hits Sunday against the Angels, raising his season average to .319. He has hit safely in eight consecutive games and 11 of the Mets' 12 games this season.

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RHP Justin De Fratus was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to Sunday's game. In five innings pitched this season, De Fratus posted a 7.20 ERA and surrendered two homers.

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LHP Mike Minor (left shoulder soreness) was sharp Sunday in a rehab start for Class A Rome, throwing five shutout innings. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out four. He could rejoin the Braves rotation as early as April 23.

Preview: Nationals at Braves

After Sunday, the Washington Nationals do not see the Atlanta Braves again until June 19, and that probably will not elicit many complaints from Washington.

Preview: Cubs at Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals try to hand Chicago its eighth straight series loss when they host the Cubs on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series. St. Louis atoned for Friday's 6-3 setback in 11 innings by routing Chicago 10-4 on Saturday - its highest run total of the season - as everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit. More importantly, Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings, giving the bullpen rest after three key members threw more than 20 pitches apiece Friday.

Preview: Nationals at Braves

Taylor Jordan and Alex Wood combined to produce a fantastic pitchers’ duel Sunday in Washington, and the pair will look to replicate their strong outings Saturday when the Nationals play in Atlanta in the middle contest of a three-game series. Jordan did not get the victory but held Atlanta to one run on six hits in 6 1/3 innings, while Wood allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings but served up Ian Desmond’s homer – the difference in the Nationals’ 2-1 victory.

Preview: Tigers at Padres

The San Diego Padres are hoping their slow start at the plate is a thing of the past as they head into Saturday’s matchup against the visiting Detroit Tigers. After being held to a total of 20 runs in their first nine games, the Padres showed signs of life in Friday’s series-opening 6-0 win over the Tigers, with Chase Headley breaking out of a 4-for-32 season-opening slump by delivering an RBI double and a two-run homer.
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