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First Place Battle: San Francisco Giants Return Home To Face Atlanta Braves

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Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants, fresh off of a successful 3 team and 10 game road trip, 7-3 on the trip, return home to face the National League leading Atlanta Braves in first place battle. These 2 teams faced off 2 weeks ago, Giants swept the 3 game series in Atlanta despite going 0-13 with RISP.

In Game 1, tonight at 7:15 pm PT, Tim Lincecum (2-2, 5.55 ERA) faces off against Gavin Floyd (0-0, 1.29 ERA).

Lincecum struggled in his last start,  versus the Pirates in a 4-3 loss in which he gave up 8 hits 4 earned runs while walking 2 and striking out 4 in 4 innings pitched.

Floyd, making his season and Braves debut in his last start, versus St. Louis had a no decision. In 7 innings pitched, Floyd allowed 1 run 6 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5.

Vogelgong has pitched really well in his last 3 starts, 20.1 innings pitched while allowing only 2 earned runs (0.90 ERA).

Minor making his third start of the season, second versus the Giants, has pitched 10.1 total innings this season and has given up 8 earned runs in 10.1 innings pitched (6.97 ERA). In his season debut start, Minor pitched 6 innings of 2 run ball versus the Giants in a 2-1 loss.

Game 3, Wednesday at 12:45 pm PT,  is a match up of both teams opening day starters.

In his last start, versus the Dodgers on Friday night, Bumgarner went 8 innings while giving up 1 run while walking 1 and striking out 8.

Teheran, like Bumgarner, in his last start went 8 innings while allowing 1 run while walking 2 and striking out 9 Cubs in a 3-2 victory.

Over the last 10 games, the Giants are 7-3 after the 10 game road trip that saw travel to Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. The Giants enter this series 2 games up in first place in the National League West.

The Braves are 4-6 in their last 10 games and are coming off of a 4-5 home stand, versus San Francisco, St. Louis and Chicago

Who’s Hot:

Over the last 7 days,

Giants catcher Buster Posey is batting .455 (10-22) with 4 RBI 6 walks over that span.

Braves 3B Chris Johnson is batting .435 (10-23) with 3 RBI and 4 strike outs over that span.

Who’s Not:

Giants new 1B Michael Morse is batting .160 (4-25) with 2 RBI 1 walk and 7 strike outs over the last 7 days.

Braves CF B.J. Upton is batting .125 (2-16) with 1 RBI and 9 strike outs over the same 7 days.

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