The Gainesville Travelers and Gainesville A’s will both stay occupied with a slate of games this week. The Travelers open the week against the Windward Blue team at 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Forsyth High. Then on Saturday, the Travelers play host to the Athens Pirates in a doubleheader at Flowery Branch High.
Meanwhile, the Gainesville A’s summer team will spend Wednesday through Saturday playing in the Gainesville High tourney at Ivey-Watson Field. Along with the A’s, a number of high school summer league teams will take part in the annual tournament.
The Atlanta Braves will play at home the remainder of the week.
The Braves play a single game against the Cubs tonight, a make-up from a June 4 rainout, at Turner Field. Javier Vazquez (4-6, 3.41 ERA) will pitch for the Braves, against the Cubs’ Ryan Dempster (4-4, 3.92).
The Braves also play two interleague series the remainder of the week. Atlanta faces the New York Yankees in a three-game set starting on Tuesday, followed by three games against the Boston Red Sox.
Pitching for the Braves in the Yankees series opener is red-hot rookie Tommy Hanson (2-0, 4.08). He threw six innings and allowed only three hits in a win against the Cincinnati Reds last week. Hanson also drove in his first career RBI in the win against the Reds.
Hanson picked up his first career major league victory against the Baltimore Orioles on June 12, allowing two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Pitching for the Yankees on Tuesday is Chien-Ming Wang (0-5, 12.30).
Kenshin Kawakami (4-6, 4.42) is going to pitch the second game of the series for the Braves on Wednesday. He picked up a win in his last outing against the Boston Red Sox last Friday at Fenway Park, throwing six innings and allowing two hits and two earned runs. New York’s starter is still to be determined.
This marks Atlanta’s final interleague series of the season. The Braves resume National League play against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 30.
The Gwinnett Braves will also spend the majority of the week at Gwinnett Stadium.
Gwinnett opens a four-game series against the Buffalo Bisons at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by two games this week against the Louisville Bats.
The highlight for Gwinnett fans this week is a visit from the world-famous mascot, the San Diego Chicken, for Friday’s game against Buffalo.