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Open Thread 6/30: Phillies at Braves

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Derek Lowe is on the mound for the Braves tonight, as they open up a three-game set against the Phillies. The Braves are 4-and-2 against Philly this year, all games having been played in Philly. Strange that we are almost at the All-Star break and this is the first time we are seeing the Phillies in Atlanta.

Our un-excitable left fielder, Garret Anderson, celebrates his 37th birthday today. He's done well on previous birthdays, compiling a .313 (15-for-48) average, 7 runs, 4 doubles, 5 home runs, and 11 RBIs.

Derek Lowe needs to have a good start after three disastrous starts in a row. Today's game will be an interesting contrast as he faces the Phillies, who lead the NL in homeruns, while Lowe has the fifth-lowest HR allowed per 9 IP rate in the majors. Let's see if he can rediscover that opening day form, when he twirled 8 shutout innings against the World Champs, allowing just 2 hits.


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3 game series vs Phillies @ Turner Field

Philadelphia Phillies
@ Atlanta Braves

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009, 7:10 PM EDT
Turner Field

Joe Blanton vs Derek Lowe

Clear. Game time temperature around 85.

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