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Kevan Smith debuts for Braves, Pirates tweak middle of order

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William Contreras gets night off for Braves.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Tampa Bay Rays Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

The main changes tonight for both the Braves and Pirates tonight are behind the plate.

The Braves will give William Contreras the night off as he has carried the job pretty heavily over the past few weeks. Over the past 48 hours, the Braves acquired Kevan Smith from the Rays as an upgrade over Jeff Mathis at the backup catcher position. In 751 plate career appearances, Smith has triple slashed .271/.320/.383 offensively, which is pretty impressive for a backup catcher. Hopefully, he can have some instant success for Atlanta tonight.

Though Gregory Polanco and Jacob Stallings will be switching spots in the order, the top five of the Pirates order were 7-23 with five runs and six RBIs last night. The Braves cannot afford for the top of the Pirates order to be better than their own this series. Hopefully, Atlanta can find some success against southpaw Tyler Anderson to get a needed win.