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Braves juggling weekend rotation against Phillies

Braves will skip Sean Newcomb on Saturday.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

With perhaps their biggest series of the season on tap, the Atlanta Braves will juggle their rotation for this weekend’s games.’s Mark Bowman reports that Atlanta will skip Sean Newcomb’s scheduled start with Mike Foltynewicz moving up to pitch on Saturday. Anibal Sanchez is now slated to start in Sunday’s series finale against Aaron Nola. Kevin Gausman will make Thursday’s start with Julio Teheran scheduled to go on Friday.

Atlanta bought all of their starters an extra day of rest with Touki Toussaint’s start on Wednesday. Newcomb has struggled down the stretch posting a 5.92 ERA over his past 13 starts. He lasted just three innings in his last start allowing six earned runs. He has failed to pitch into the fifth inning in three of his past four starts.

Atlanta carries a 5.5 game lead in the NL East into Thursday’s series opener. Their magic number to clinch the East is down to six games.

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