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Acuña sits, Duvall gets the nod in left for Game 1

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It’s Max Fried vs. Jefry Rodriguez for the afternoon portion of today’s DH

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Max Fried is in charge as the Braves will try and continue their recent success. Today, as they face the Washington Nationals in the first game of a day-night doubleheader, he will face rookie Jefry Rodriguez.

Rodriguez faced the Braves in his MLB debut on June 3 and he threw 4⅔ scoreless innings. Rodriguez is lucky again this time around, as he still does not have to face Ronald Acuña, who was on the DL during the rookie’s inaugural start. Brian Snitker has opted to sit Acuña in favor of newly acquired slugger Adam Duvall.

The only three Braves who managed to scratch hits against Rodriguez back in June were Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis, and Johan Camargo - not surprisingly, these three regulars are all in the lineup today. After a recent hot stretch, Ender Inciarte returns to the top of the Braves lineup.

On the other side, Fried will face the Nationals for the first time in his career. As he attempts to bolster his bid for a rotation spot down the stretch, the Nationals will line up as such:

Fried has fared rather well against left-handed hitters this year - 13 strikeouts in 30 plate appearances. Hopefully he can sustain this level of success with three of the Nats’ best hitters standing on the left side of the plate - Juan Soto, Bryce Harper, and Daniel Murphy.

First pitch of Game 1 is scheduled for 1:05pm EST.