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Open Thread 6/25: Braves vs. Tigers

Kris Medlen and his dominant changeup open up the homestand against Andrew Oliver and the Detroit Tigers. Oliver is making his major league debut and it comes at a pretty good time for him. He gets to face an NL lineup in an NL park so he avoids the DH, and he faces a team that has struggled against left-handed pitching. It's always very hard to predict the performance of a pitcher in their debut, but Oliver does have some impressive stuff and a quality changeup of his own. Coming into the season, Oliver was ranked the fourth best prospect in the Tiger's system by Baseball America.

Braves lineup:

1. 2B: Martin Prado

2. RF: Jason Heyward

3. 3B: Chipper Jones

4. 1B: Troy Glaus

5. C: Brian McCann

6. SS: Yunel Escobar

7. LF: Omar Infante

8. CF: Melky Cabrera

9. P: Kris Medlen

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