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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, May 18th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Dodgers (17-23) at Atlanta Braves (23-18), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Chris Capuano (1-2, 6.60) Atlanta - Kris Medlen (1-5, 3.44)

(Sports Network) - Kris Medlen hasn't won since his second start of the season. The right-hander takes the mound tonight for Atlanta against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the middle portion of a three-game series at Turner Field.

Medlen is 0-4 in his last six starts with his lone win coming April 9 at Miami. He tossed 5 1/3 innings in a 5-1 loss at San Francisco on Sunday. In his career against the Dodgers, Medlen is 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA in six games (1 start).

Chris Capuano gets the ball for the Dodgers. The lefty tossed 6 1/3 innings Sunday against Miami in a 5-3 win. Capuano fanned seven and gave up one run. He's 5-3 with a 2.75 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) lifetime against Atlanta.

In Friday's opener, Justin Upton smacked a no-doubt, go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning that lifted the Braves to an 8-5 win.

Eleven of Upton's 14 homers this year have come via the solo variety. He also added an RBI groundout.

"We came out and battled. We were behind a couple times but we were able to keep the bats going. Our relievers kept them off the board. When I hit the grand slam, it gave everybody a lift," Upton said.

Jason Heyward, who had been sidelined since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on April 22 in Denver, returned to the Braves' lineup and tallied two hits, two runs scored and an RBI for Atlanta, which had dropped five of its previous six contests.

The 23-year-old Heyward came into the tilt hitting just .121 with two home runs and five RBI in 17 games.

Paul Maholm (5-4) surrendered four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits and a walk in six innings, while Craig Kimbrel notched his 12th save after working around a leadoff single in the ninth.

Scott Van Slyke smacked a pair of solo shots for the Dodgers, who had won four of their last five games coming in.

"We played a little sloppy," Dodgers second baseman Nick Punto said. "If you give a team extra outs with the thunder they have in the middle of that lineup it's not going to be a good thing."

The Dodgers and Braves split six meetings last year, with Los Angeles winning two of three in Atlanta.

05/18 10:20:46 ET

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