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Last Game

Sun, April 26
Citizens Bank Park
Atlanta Braves
at
Philadelphia Phillies
ATL4Final5PHI

Pitching

W: J. Williams (2-1)
L:
T. Cahill (0-3)
S:
J. Papelbon (4)

Home Runs

ATL - A. Callaspo (1)  
PHI
- R. Howard (3)

Schedule

Wed Apr 15
L 6 - 2MIA
Recap
Fri Apr 17
W 8 - 7at TOR
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Sat Apr 18
L 6 - 5at TOR
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Sun Apr 19
W 5 - 2at TOR
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Tue Apr 21
L 7 - 1at NYM
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Wed Apr 22
L 3 - 2at NYM
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Thu Apr 23
L 6 - 3at NYM
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Fri Apr 24
L 1 - 0at PHI
Recap
Sat Apr 25
W 5 - 2at PHI
Recap
Sun Apr 26
L 5 - 4at PHI
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Tue Apr 28
WAS
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Wed Apr 29
WAS
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Thu Apr 30
CIN
7:35 pm EDT
Fri May 1
CIN
7:10 pm EDT
Sat May 2
FS1CIN
1:35 pm EDT
Sun May 3
CIN
7:10 pm EDT
Mon May 4
PHI
7:10 pm EDT
Tue May 5
PHI
7:10 pm EDT
Wed May 6
PHI

Standings

NL
East
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
New York13-314-5
Atlanta7-89-9
Miami7-98-11
Washington6-107-12
Philadelphia6-107-12
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Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt hopes to earn starting role
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt knows manager Fredi Gonzalez has tough decisions to make. One of those decisions has been slotting veteran A.J. Pierzynski in the starting lineup more often this season than originally expected. Bethancourt is rolling with the punches and still thinks he can earn a starting role, according to MLB.com.

"You've got to respect the manager's decision," Bethancourt said. "He puts whoever he wants in the lineup. So, I've just got to be ready and wait for my opportunity. If he says I have to earn it, I will do my best to earn it. I have no problem with that."

Gonzalez has an idea of what he wants to do with Bethancourt.

"We want to give [Bethancourt] an opportunity, but the other guy, you put him in there every single time, and he just keeps hitting," Gonzalez said.

Bethancourt is hitting just .147 with two RBI in 34 at-bats this season.

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Braves' Alberto Callaspo slugs pinch-hit home run Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Braves infielder Alberto Callaspo hit a solo home run in a pinch-hit appearance Sunday in his team's 5-4 loss to the Phillies.

On the same day that manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated that Jace Peterson would serve as the team's primary second baseman, Callaspo, who has also seen plenty of time at third base, swatted a pinch-hit home run off Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. It was the first homer of the year for Callaspo, who has hit .261/.314/.348 with four RBI in 46 at-bats.

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Braves' Trevor Cahill gives up four runs in loss vs. Phillies
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Braves pitcher Trevor Cahill took the loss Sunday, giving up four earned runs on five hits and three walks in six innings while striking out two in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Phillies.

Cahill (0-3) put himself in an early hole, serving up a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to fall behind 3-2. The Braves were able to tie the game in the third inning, but the starter surrendered an RBI triple, putting his team behind for good.

"Any time you lose a ballgame, it's tough," said Cahill to MLB.com. "But it was nice to go out there and at least go six innings and not feel like you're a burden on the bullpen. The best part about it was I was able to get up six times. One pitch hurt me in the first inning, but I was able to kind of bounce back after that."

Cahill has posted an 8.03 ERA and 5:7 K:BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings over three starts. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Reds at home.

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Braves' Markakis, Simmons remain atop lineup Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Braves right fielder Nick Markakis is leading off and shortstop Andrelton Simmons is batting second for the second straight game Sunday.

Both players saw their first appearances in those respective positions in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Phillies and will reprise their roles Sunday. In addition, lefty Kelly Johnson is batting cleanup for the first time this season, with first baseman Freddie Freeman slotting in third for the second straight day (and the third time this season).

The Braves are underdogs (+100) against the Phillies Sunday.

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Braves to use Jace Peterson as primary second baseman
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Sunday that he's returning to his initial plan to use infielder Jace Peterson as his primary second baseman, MLB.com reports.

Peterson has shared time at second base with Alberto Callaspo, who has also made eight starts at third base, and Phil Gosselin, leading to Peterson seeing just 11 of a possible 17 starts at the position. He's seen action all over the starting lineup, batting first or second in four of the team's first five games but spending most of his time batting seventh or eighth as of late.

Peterson has hit just .171/.239/.220 in 41 at-bats. He's starting at second base and batting sixth in Sunday's matchup with the Phillies, in which the Braves are underdogs (+100).

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2015 Team Leaders
AVGNick Markakis , RF.362
HRFreddie Freeman , 1B4
RBIAndrelton Simmons , SS11
OBPNick Markakis , RF.456
SLGFreddie Freeman , 1B.453
RNick Markakis , RF10
SBEric Young , CF3
WShelby Miller , SP3
ERAShelby Miller , SP2.05
WHIPShelby Miller , SP1.09
KJulio Teheran , SP18
SVJason Grilli , RP7
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