Open Thread 4/1: Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Mike Zarrilli

An open thread to discuss Atlanta's Opening Day matchup between the Braves and Phillies at Turner Field. Atlanta's Tim Hudson opposes Cole Hamels.

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IT'S HERE!! OPENING DAY IS FINALLY HERE!!!

Tim Hudson vs. Cole Hamels

This is Hudson's first Opening Day start since 2008. He is 1-0 with a 3.41 ERA in his five previous Opening Day starts.

Here is the Opening Day lineup for the 2013 Atlanta Braves:

  1. Andrelton Simmons - SS
  2. Jason Heyward - RF
  3. Justin Upton - LF
  4. Freddie Freeman - 1B
  5. B.J. Upton - CF
  6. Dan Uggla - 2B
  7. Chris Johnson - 3B
  8. Gerald Laird - C
  9. Tim Hudson - P

Turner Field has changed the look and location of the retired numbers: they are now along the first and third base lines and include the names (here and here). 2013 marks the eighth time Atlanta has played its season opener at Turner Field (4-3 W-L), and only the second time in the last nine years. This is the seventh time since the Braves moved to Atlanta that they've opened their season against the Phillies, the fourth time in Atlanta. Fox SportSouth and ESPN2 will broadcast the game on TV.

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