Atlanta (9-7) at Miami (11-5)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Miami Gardens, FL
Temp: 88° F
  • Game info: 6:05 pm EDT Sat Apr 24, 2004
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The Atlanta Braves are already the only team to beat the Florida Marlins in a series this season.

The Braves will try to accomplish the feat for a second time when they meet the Marlins in the middle game of their series at Pro Player Stadium.

With its 6-1 win on Friday, Atlanta improved to 4-0 against the defending world champions. The rest of the league is 1-11 against the Marlins, who had won three straight coming into the game and had a seven-game winning streak snapped in Atlanta last week.

“You can’t get by on anything you did last year or what you did last week,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “You’ve got to do it on a consistent basis.”

The Braves, meanwhile, are beginning to show the form they have displayed in winning 12 straight division titles. Atlanta has won five of its last seven, after starting the season 4-5.

Atlanta’s recent success has come despite the absence of star outfielder Chipper Jones, who continues to nurse a hamstring injury and will not play in this series.

When he first suffered the injury on Sunday, Jones was expected to miss five to seven days, but he is now likely to miss at least nine, with the Braves traveling to chilly San Francisco on Monday. Jones, hitting .314 with three homers, will accompany the team on its 12-game road trip.

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