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Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves preview: Santana to spark a split?

The Atlanta Braves have dropped two games in a row in their home series against the Miami Marlins, the latest loss being another rough outing for starting pitcher Mike Minor.

Tonight, the team will look to Ervin Santana to hopefully put them in a position to come away with a two-game split in the four game series. The Braves need to win these games, because with a quick look at the standings it seems like the Nationals are starting to pull away in the division.

Santana still hasn’t found his early season form (and he probably won’t) but he has kept the team in contention his past four starts. In those games, he’s thrown at least six innings and given up two, two, four and three earned runs in each of them respectively. Against a team like the Marlins, that should be enough to get a win.

Opposing Santana tonight will be Nathan Eovaldi, who has thrown 124 innings and is looking at a 4.08 ERA. He’s striking out just 6.40 batters per nine, but is also walking only 1.75–good for a 3.67 K/BB ratio.

Here is a look at tonight’s lineup:

In addition, it should be noted that Anthony Varvaro will not be available as he is on paternity leave. Gus Schlosser was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnet to take his spot.

A big congrats to Varvaro.

Here is a look at the particulars for tonight’s game:

Date: July 23, 2014

Start Time: 7:10 pm ET

TV Channel: SportSouth, MLB Network (National)

Radio: 680 AM/106.7 FM (Local in Atlanta), Full list of Local Affiliates

Live Stream: MLB.tv (Click Here, $)

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