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Open Thread 8/18: Dodgers at Braves

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First pitch for game two of the series is set for 6:10 PM CT. Aaron Harang takes on Ben Sheets. Braves lineup:

  1. Michael Bourn, CF
  2. Martin Prado, LF
  3. Jason Heyward, RF
  4. Chipper Jones, 3B
  5. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  6. Dan Uggla, 2B
  7. David Ross, C
  8. Paul Janish, SS
Brian McCann sits for another game as he continues to deal with an injured shoulder.


According to Ted Cahill on twitter, McCann "has a cyst on a joint in his shoulder and a partially frayed labrum" and he "might need surgery in the offseason." Fredi Gonzalez said that McCann would be back in the lineup Sunday, according to Dave O'Brien.


For some pre-game reading on McCann and his shoulder, here's a blog from Mark Bowman.

Major League Baseball announced earlier today that Dodger Manager Don Mattingly would be suspended for two games for his excessive arguing in the top of the second inning in the club’s Thursday game at Pittsburgh. Mattingly will serve his suspension tonight and tomorrow during the Dodgers’ games at Atlanta with Bench Coach Trey Hillman taking over the managerial reins.

Tonight the Dodgers and Braves will play in the sixth annual Delta Civil Rights Game, which is designed to pay tribute to all of those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Americans.