Tonight in MLB: Braves to honor Chipper Jones

Tonight in MLB: Braves to honor Chipper Jones
June 28, 2013, 12:00 pm
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After last night's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers, Ryan Howard took full responsibility for the Phils' loss (see story).

The Phillies sent 23-year-old Freddy Galvis to Triple A Lehigh Valley after the game to make room for newly acquired 38-year-old infielder John McDonald (see story).

Here are a few games to watch tonight in MLB:

Diamondbacks at Braves, 7:30 p.m.
There figures to be a palpable level of excitement at Turner Field when the Atlanta Braves retire Chipper Jones' No. 10 jersey Friday night.

He won't be the only familiar face returning to Atlanta.

The Braves open a three-game set against the Diamondbacks as former teammates Martin Prado and Randall Delgado return to Atlanta for the first time.

Acquired by Arizona in January's blockbuster Justin Upton trade, Prado and Delgado are both looking forward to this weekend's homecoming. A career .290 hitter, Prado is batting .241 with six homers and 26 RBIs in 75 games.

"It's going to be good," Prado, who spent his first seven big league seasons with the Braves, told MLB's official website. "There's a lot of people that I know that helped me along the way in my career. I know that it's going to be good to see them and show them my respect. It's emotional, but I think this is something different in my career, and I'm looking forward to playing against my ex-teammates and having a good series (see full preview)."

Nationals at Mets, 7:10 p.m.
The New York Mets will be putting their best on display in Friday night's opener of a three-game home set against the Washington Nationals.

Matt Harvey will be on the mound and David Wright will be back in the lineup for New York while the Nationals will hope to continue their winning ways when Ross Detwiler starts against the Mets.

The sensational Harvey (7-1, 2.05 ERA) will be the main attraction as he pitches in front of his home fans for the first time since his lone defeat June 13 against St. Louis. He has bounced back with consecutive victories, allowing two hits in six innings Sunday in an 8-0 win at Philadelphia in a 72-pitch outing cut short by rain.

Harvey leads the NL with 121 strikeouts and his 191 through 26 starts are the sixth-most since 1916 by any pitcher in that span to start a career. He also leads the majors in opponent batting average (.188) and WHIP (0.88) (see full preview).

Reds at Rangers, 8:05 p.m.
The Cincinnati Reds' offense is scuffling and their staff ace is coming off a disastrous outing.

Dusty Baker hopes the return of his All-Star second baseman can help ignite the offense, but he hasn't exactly been swinging a hot bat lately.

Brandon Phillips is scheduled to come back from the paternity list Friday night when the visiting Reds open a series with the surging Texas Rangers.

Cincinnati (45-34) is averaging 2.5 runs and batting .204 in dropping six of eight. Joey Votto is in the middle of the mess, going 2 for 13 in his last four games, while leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo is 1 for 15 with seven strikeouts in his last five.

"Everybody is going to have a streak like this. It didn't matter because we didn't score any runs," Baker said after the Reds managed two hits in Wednesday's 5-0 loss to Oakland. "Not only are we not scoring runs but we're not getting any hits either. It's not anything you want to do (see full preview).

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