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This week: Braves welcome in St. Louis Cardinals
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The Atlanta Braves open a series with the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals today in need of a series win.

Right-hander Tommy Hanson (5-3, 3.12 ERA) takes the ball for the Braves in the opener at 1:10 p.m. today at Turner Field in Atlanta. He will go against Cardinals pitching sensation Lance Lynn (7-1, 2.54 ERA), a first-year starter who has struggled some after starting the year with six straight wins.

The game can be seen on SportSouth.

Braves 22-year-old right-hander Randall Delgado (2-5, 4.53 ERA) is scheduled to start Game 2 of the three-game series on Tuesday against Jake Westbrook (4-3, 3.38 ERA), a veteran out of Madison County High in Danielsville.

Game 3 of the series will feature St. Louis right-hander Kyle Lohse (5-1, 2.90 ERA) against Atlanta’s Tim Hudson (3-2, 4.12 ERA), trying to overcome his worst start of the year.

The Braves swept a three-game series against the Cardinals in St. Louis earlier in the Month.

G-BRAVES: The Triple-A Gwinnett Braves open a four-game series at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville tonight against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, with Game 1 at 7:05 p.m. on CSS.

It’s the first meeting between the two teams this season.

NBA: The conference championships are underway with the Western Conference Finals between Oklahoma City and San Antonio having started Sunday night and the Eastern Conference Finals, between Boston and Miami, starting with Game 1 at 8:30 tonight in Miami on ESPN.

NHL: The Stanley Cup Finals between the New Jersey Devils, led by former Atlanta Thrasher Ilya Kovalchuk, and the Los Angeles Kings, begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday in New Jersey.

The Kings, who entered the playoffs as a No. 8 seed, have been the dominant team in the postseason and are coming off a 4-1 series win over the Phoenix Coyotes. The Devils got by the top-seeded Rangers in six games to advance.

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