Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 8/13/12
Monday: San Diego at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Eric Stults (2-2, 2.72 ERA) vs. Mike Minor (6-8, 4.95) Tuesday: San Diego at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Clayton Richard (9-11, 3.79) vs. Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.77) Wednesday: San Diego at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Edinson Volquez (7-8, 4.03) vs. Paul Maholm (10-7, 3.50) Thursday: San Diego at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Jason Marquis (8-10, 5.05) vs. Kris Medlen (3-1, 2.28) Friday: Los Angeles at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m. (FOX Sports South, Peachtree TV); Chris Capuano (10-8, 3.29) vs. Ben Sheets (4-2, 2.13) Saturday: Los Angeles at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (FOX Sports South, Peachtree TV); Aaron Harang (7-7, 3.80) vs. Minor Sunday: Los Angeles at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m. (FOX Sports South, TBS); Chad Billingsley (8-9, 3.84) vs. Hudson Look out for The Braves are in a stretch in which they play 19 games in 19 days, so be on the look out if they decide to go with a six-man rotation with Tommy Hanson scheduled to come off the 15-day DL this week. Hanson allowed three hits and struck out five batters in five shutout innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. If the Braves decide to go with five starters, Kris Medlen could return to the bullpen. Medlen, who is scheduled to start Thursday, is 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA in three starts. The Braves are 16-1 in Medlens past 17 starts dating to 2010. Despite their 51-65 record, the Padres have been playing better, winning six of their past seven and taking two of three in Pittsburgh this weekend. Whos hot Dan Uggla has had a strong start to this month, hitting .286 with one home run and nine RBIs this month after going 0-for-4 on Sunday. He had 18 RBIs in June and July combined. Uggla had hit in four straight games prior to Sunday, but that streak ended in the 6-5 loss to the Mets. Michael Bourn had 10 hits last week and appears to have moved past the slump that dropped his average into the .280s last week. He went 1-for-4 Sunday as his average stayed at .291. Seven Braves had ERAs of 0.00 in a combined 19 innings last week. Medlen was 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 11 23 innings in his two starts last week. Craig Kimbrel has struck out 75 hitters in 43 innings. Freddie Freemans home run on Saturday was measured at 455 feet. Jonny Venters hasnt given up a run in 7 23 innings since coming off the disabled list. Whos not Tim Hudson gave up six runs in 4 13 innings on Aug. 8, ending a streak in which he had given up four runs or less in six straight starts, dating to July 6. Martin Prado is still slumping, with six hits in his past 28 at-bats. He had two hits Sunday night, including a two-run double in the ninth, but Prado is 8-for-36 this month (.222) after hitting .245 in July. Ben Sheets gave up five runs four earned in Sundays loss to the Mets, his worst start of the six since returning to the majors on July 15, but his ERA is still only 2.13. Injuries Atlanta: P Brandon Beachy (Tommy John surgery) will be out until next summer; SS Andrelton Simmons (finger), SS Jack Wilson (finger), OF Matt Diaz (thumb), P Jair Jurrjens (groin) and P Tommy Hanson (back) are on the 15-day DL. San Diego: P Hutson Street (calf), P Andrew Cashner (back), Joe Thatcher (knee) and C Yasmani Grandal (oblique) are on the 15-day DL. Los Angeles: SS Dee Gordon (thumb) is on the 15-day DL. On the farm Mississippi catcher Christian Bethancourt, one of the Braves top prospects, likely will miss the rest of the season after his hand was broken when hit by a pitch. Sean Gilmartin, the Braves' first-round pick in 2011, picked up his first Triple-A victory by giving up two runs on seven hits and striking out three on Saturday. Hes 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA at Gwinnett. Peter Moylan gave up two runs on Sunday and has a 9.64 ERA at Gwinnett. Gwinnett OF Felix Pie has a six-game hitting streak. SS Nick Ahmed, the Braves second-round pick in 2011, has 35 steals at Mississippi. Hes hitting .266 with six home runs and 47 RBIs.
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