Game Notes: Braves (6-5) vs. Marlins (8-3)

The Braves and Marlins conclude a three-game weekend set today and play the third of 19 meetings this season (10 at Turner Field, nine at Pro Player Stadium). Mike Hampton is on the hill for Atlanta, opposed by Florida's Brad Penny.

Atlanta Braves (6-5) vs. Florida Marlins (8-3)
Game No. 12   April 18, 2004   Turner Field   Atlanta, Georgia
LHP Mike Hampton (0-1, 16.20) vs. RHP Brad Penny (0-1, 3.86)
TODAY'S GAME: The Braves and Marlins conclude a three-game weekend set today and play the third of 19 meetings this season (10 at Turner Field, nine at Pro Player Stadium)...the Marlins claimed a 10-9 series advantage last season, but Atlanta has an 88-70 all-time lead over the Marlins, including a 51-30 mark in Atlanta and a 35-22 record at Turner Field...the clubs will meet again next weekend in Florida for a three-game series...

A WIN TODAY WOULD: Give the Braves their first series sweep of the season and their first sweep over the Marlins since May 6-8, 1996...ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Chipper Jones homered (#3) in the first and Russ Ortiz tossed 6.2 strong innings as the Braves posted a 4-1 win over FLA...Jesse Garcia homered in the seventh and Marcus Giles added an insurance run while extending his hitting streak to 11 games...John Smoltz nailed down his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

NEWEST HALL MEMBERS: Congratulations to Braves broadcasters Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren, who will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame on Friday, August 13...Skip and Pete, both in their 29th season behind the microphone for Braves games on TBS, join Tommy Holmes and Kid Nichols in the Hall of Fame Class of 2004...this will mark the sixth annual Braves HOF luncheon and induction ceremony.

SMOLTZ ALONE IN SECOND: John Smoltz notched his 113th career save last night, moving him past Mark Wohlers (112) for second place on the club's all-time saves list...Gene Garber garnered 141 saves in his Braves career.

SHORTSTOP WITH POP: SS Jesse Garcia has played stellar defense in Rafael Furcal's absence, but last night he poked his first homer since Sept. 30, 1999 (vs. the Yankees)...Garcia is batting .233 and has started seven straight games at short with Furcal on the mend.

THE STREAKER: 2B Marcus Giles is the only Braves player, and one of just two in the league (LA's Paul LoDuca) to have hit safely in all 11 games this season (19-for-45; .422)...the 11-game streak is a new career high for Giles, who is fourth in the NL in batting.

TRIPLE THREAT: Dewayne Wise pinch hit in the seventh inning last night and stroked his second triple of the season...three of his six hits have gone for extra bases, and he owns the Braves' only two triples of the season.

HOMER HAPPY: Chipper Jones homered for the second straight game last night with a first-inning, two-run shot off Josh Beckett...Jones leads the club with three homers.

INJURY UPDATE: J.D. Drew came out of Monday's game in the ninth inning with a mild left hamstring strain...he has missed four games and his status is day-to-day...Rafael Furcal left last Friday's game with a strain to the left side of his lower back...he has missed seven games.

KEEP THOSE BAGS PACKED: This weekend series against the Marlins represents the Braves' only three home games in a 22-day stretch...they recently completed a four-day, three-game series in New York and tomorrow will depart on their longest trip of the season - 12 games and 13 days - to Cincinnati, Florida, San Francisco and Colorado...there are two open dates sandwiched around that twoweek trip, giving the Braves just three home games from April 12 to May 3.

ROSTER RUNDOWN: The Braves's roster includes 12 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders...there are eight first-time Braves on the roster and just 11 of the 25 players were with the Braves on opening day last season...there are two players on the disabled list (LHP Armando Almanza, and RHP Paul Byrd) and one rookie (Adam LaRoche) on the squad.

CAMP SUNSHINE: The Atlanta Braves, with the help of comedian Jeff Foxworthy, will host a fundraiser, "Hit AHome Run For Camp Sunshine," on Sunday, April 18, at 11:30 at the Right Field Patio (aisle 129)...Foxworthy will emcee the annual event, which has raised over $250,000 for Camp Sunshine in the past five years...Camp Sunshine provides recreational and educational programs for children with cancer and their families...players scheduled to appear include John Smoltz, Eddie Perez, Russ Ortiz, Julio Franco, Eli Marrero, and Rafael Furcal...John Schuerholz and his wife, Karen, sit on the Camp Sunshine Board of Directors...Camp Sunshine children and their families, along with the benefactors attending "Hit a Home Run for Camp Sunshine," will all have the opportunity to take pictures with Jeff Foxworthy and the Braves approximately 12:00 PM, Foxworthy will play the role of auctioneer in a live memorabilia auction to raise funds for Camp Sunshine.

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