The Braves: Making Kyle Kendrick Look Like a Star Since 2007

The Braves: Making Kyle Kendrick Look Like a Star Since 2007

The Fightins wrap up their three game set with the Braves this evening at Citizens Bank Park with Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45) on the hill. We're going to see a lot more of KK in the final two months thanks to the departure/salary dump of Joe Blanton to the Dodgers. He performed respectably in his emergency start on Friday night against the Diamondbacks after learning of Joe the Lumber's departure earlier in the day, going 4.0 innings and giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits, including one solo shot to Juston Upton. He should be better prepared tonight and a bit more stretched out.

Kendrick has also had fantastic numbers against the Bravos throughout his career. Check these out:

KK vs ATL: His career 2.28 ERA (19 ER, 75.0 IP) vs ATL is his lowest against any team in the majors, while his .857 win % (6-1) against them is also a career-best (min 5 games)

The Braves will counter with Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45) who has been fantastic against Philly of late. From CSN:

Hudson has picked up two wins in two starts against the
Phillies over the last five weeks, allowing two runs in 12 2/3 innings.
Of the 35 outs the Phillies put into play against Hudson, 20 came on
the ground.

The Braves have won six of Hudson’s last eight starts
vs. the Phillies, but the Phils won the previous four. They’ve also
scored four or more runs off Hudson 10 times in their 24 meetings
against him in a Braves uniform, so the possibility exists that the
offense can do a few things this time around.

But none of those starts had one Dom Brown in the starting lineup. Brown changes everything.

The Phillies have yet to string together three-straight series wins (of three games or more) all season long. A win tonight would make it three victorious series in a row.

The full lineup:

Mayberry>Schierholtz>Kratz>Frandsen>KK... LEGGO!

7:05 start from the Bank. Will the non-sellout streak continue? Also, does Nate Schierholtz have a nickname yet? He could use one. "Schierholtz" is way too challenging to type.

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CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

Twenty-five of the Union’s 34 games in 2017 will be featured on CSN and TCN, as Jim Curtin’s club vies for a second straight playoff berth.

Twenty matches will air on TCN, while five can be seen on CSN. The nine others will be appear across 6ABC, ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The Union’s season opener on March 5 at the Vancouver Whitecaps will broadcast on TCN and the team’s home opener on March 11 against Toronto FC will air on CSN. The next three games — March 18 at Orlando City SC, April 1 at D.C. United and April 8 vs. the Portland Timbers — will be shown on TCN.

The Union are coming off an 11-14-9 season and their second-ever trip to the MLS playoffs in which they suffered a first-round exit to Toronto FC.

For the Union’s full 2017 schedule, click here.

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat rival Minnesota 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference-leading Wild in less than two weeks.

Toews notched his fourth career hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:02 left to stave off a spirited rally by the Wild, who began a franchise-record eight-game homestand on Feb. 8 with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Toews had a goal and two assists in that one and has 37 points in 35 career games against Minnesota.

Chicago's captain has been chewing up almost everyone else, too, with 20 points in his last 12 games. Toews' wing men Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik had the other goals, giving the Blackhawks 34 goals in their last eight games. Their first line totaled nine points.

Mikael Granlund's second power-play goal for the Wild brought them within 4-3, before Ryan Suter hit the crossbar with a shot that nearly tied it (see full recap).

Islanders open 9-game road trip with win
DETROIT -- Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.

De Haan's shot from above the left circle was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender's left leg and into the net. John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for New York.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit and Mrazek finished with 19 saves.

The Islanders, in contention for a wild-card spot, began a stretch of nine straight road games by winning for the third time in four games and improved to 8-13-4 away from home (see full recap).

Crosby, Penguins take care of Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Evgeni Malkin and Scott Wilson also scored to help the reigning Stanley Cup champions bounce back from their only loss since the All-Star break. Pittsburgh moved three points behind East-leading Washington and is 7-1-3 since the break.

Jeff Skinner scored for the last-place Hurricanes, who have their second five-game losing streak in the past five weeks. They have been outscored 19-4 during the current slide.

Matt Murray made 29 saves for the Penguins while Cam Ward stopped 19 shots for Carolina (see full recap).