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Preview: Braves (71-63) at Phillies (61-72)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 4
Venue: Citizens Bank Park
Date: April 17, 2014 1:05 PM EDT
  

Although it seems likely that he'll need surgery down the road, A.J. Burnett is preparing to pitch the rest of the season for the Philadelphia Phillies with a painful hernia.

Now he'll try to slow down the surging Atlanta Braves just six days after having to cut his last start short.

Burnett and the Phillies look to salvage a win in this rain-shortened three-game series Thursday while putting an end to the visiting Braves' five-game win streak.

In Friday's 6-3 home victory over Miami, Burnett (0-1, 3.94 ERA) allowed two runs and five hits while walking six over 4 1-3 innings before leaving because of discomfort.

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While it certainly appeared the right-hander would miss at least one start and might even have to go on the disabled list, he received a cortisone injection Monday and insists on playing through the injury.

"I didn't know if it was hip, groin, whether I tweaked something or pulled something," Burnett told the team's official website. "Now that I know upstairs what I'm dealing with, I can deal with it a lot better."

Philadelphia's Cole Hamels pitched with an inguinal hernia in 2011, finishing 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA on the way to fifth place in NL Cy Young Award voting before undergoing surgery following the season.

Burnett now tries for a fourth time to win his first game since joining the Phillies (6-8). After allowing one run over six innings before the bullpen blew his lead in a 3-2 loss at Texas on April 1, he's given up 10 runs - six earned - and walked 12 over 10 innings in his last two outings.

Burnett has struggled in his career against the Braves (10-4), going 5-12 with a 4.14 ERA in 21 appearances and losing seven of his last eight decisions.

He's had trouble with Gerald Laird (5 for 8), Justin Upton (3 for 5), Jason Heyward (4 for 8) and Chris Johnson (4 for 8), but B.J. Upton is 9 for 46 with 17 strikeouts and Dan Uggla has gone 2 for 10 while striking out five times.

Following Tuesday's rainout, Evan Gattis homered and had a career-high four hits and Julio Teheran threw a three-hitter in a 1-0 win Wednesday. Gattis is 9 for 13 with three homers in his last three games, while Johnson added three hits in his first start since Saturday.

Gattis is also 8 for 12 with five home runs in his last three contests at Citizens Bank Park.

After Teheran became the ninth Braves starter to allow no more than one run, Atlanta hopes to get another solid outing out of Alex Wood (2-1, 1.89). Though he didn't have his best stuff Saturday, Wood allowed one run while striking out eight in five innings of a 6-3 win over visiting Washington.

The left-hander is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in seven appearances - two starts - against Philadelphia.

The Phillies have fared well against left-handers this season, batting .315 with seven home runs in 127 at_bats.

Atlanta might not have the services of closer Craig Kimbrel, who hasn't pitched due to shoulder discomfort since saving Wood's win Saturday.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Braves at Phillies
Mon, Apr 14 Final 9 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Braves at Phillies
Tue, Apr 15 - 7:05PM EDT
 Recaps
GAME 3
Braves at Phillies
Wed, Apr 16 Final 1 to 0
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Braves at Phillies
Thu, Apr 17 Final 0 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  -150   +120   7 
 PHI  +135   -140   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  -150   +115   7 
 PHI  +135   -135   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  74%   62%   56% 
 PHI  26%   38%   44% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 16, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 1 Cover: +122 
 PHI 0 Under: 1 
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 Apr 15, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 0 Under: 0 
 PHI 0 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 14, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 9 Cover: +100 
 PHI 6 Over: 15 
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 Mar 11, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 1 Over: 10 
 ATL 9 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 10, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 8 Cover: +100 
 PHI 1 Over: 9 
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 Mar 5, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 2 Over: 4 
 PHI 2 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Thursday, Apr 17
 
    Indians at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Phillies
1:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Twins
1:10 PM EDT
    Mariners at Rangers
2:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Giants
3:45 PM EDT
    Rockies at Padres
6:40 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Yankees at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Royals at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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