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NLDS Game 3: Giants at Braves

Oct 10, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Giants and Braves resume their NLDS today at Turner Field.

This is the only of the four Division Series that was tied after two games, and thus the only series that can't end in Game 3. So today's game at Turner Field isn't about wrapping up the series but rather taking control of the series and setting things up to finish it off tomorrow.

In that respect, the Braves have to feel good about their situation. Having stormed back to win Game 2 in extra innings in San Francisco, they return home (where they posted an MLB-best 56-25 record this season) and send their ace to the mound. Because Atlanta didn't wrap up the wild card until the final day of the regular season, Tim Hudson wasn't available to return to the mound until today. But that's not such a bad thing from the Braves' standpoint, the way this all worked out.

A legitimately bad thing for Atlanta, though, is the loss of closer Billy Wagner, who has been removed from the roster after straining his oblique muscle during Game 2. Wagner, who announced earlier this year he will be retiring at season's end, is ineligible to return until the World Series. If the Braves don't get there, his fantastic career may have come to an abrupt and unfortunate end.

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES — GAME 3
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 4:37 p.m.
TV: TBS Radio: WTNT-570 AM
Weather: Sunny, 84 degrees

GIANTS
CF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez
1B Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey

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  1. natsfan1a - Oct 11, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    That was one heck of a ballgame, and I really feel bad for Conrad.

  2. natsfan1a - Oct 11, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    In other news, I thought Hinske might have angered the baseball deities by celebrating a bit prematurely after his HR.I felt the same way when the Rays were imitating the Rangers' antler gesture in the 6th inning of their game. The Rangers went on to score two, but the Rays held on. Yeah, I'm kinda superstitious. :-)

  3. natsfan1a - Oct 11, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    Most original sign award: Rice-a-Roni S*cks.(To which I'd reply, but not nearly as much as the Tomahawk Chop does, particularly when performed with a flaccid foam implement. :-))

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