Mississippi starts at home, as the Braves host the Tennessee Smokies at 8:00 pm ET. Jason Hursh, who is returning to Double-A to start the season, will pitch for the Braves. Hursh was 11-7 last season in 27 games (26 starts) for the M-Braves. The Braves want him to do well there again before getting called up to either Gwinnett or maybe even Atlanta.
It's the first game for the Carolina Mudcats as a Braves affiliate. Yean Carlos Gil will get the ball for the first game as Salem provides the competition. Gil was in big league camp this spring after going 7-6 last season for Rome. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET.
And the Rome Braves will send Max Povse, last year's third round draft pick, to the mound as Asheville hits State Mutual Stadium. Povse had a 3.42 ERA in his 12 games (11 starts) for Danville last season. The game begins at 7:00 pm ET.
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