Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ervin Santana (30) is greeted by teammates as he comes out of the game during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves selected twice for ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball'

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The Atlanta Braves are about to get some increased media attention on the national stage. The club announced on Tuesday that the next two Sunday night games have been picked up by ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” package, and as such, both contests have been changed to 8:00 pm ET first pitch times.

Full details are available via the team’s website, but fans will want to make note that both original start times were 1:30 pm ET, and make changes accordingly. On August 10th, the Braves will host the division rival Washington Nationals for the finale of a three-game set, and on August 17th, Atlanta will face off against the team with the best record in all of Major League Baseball in the Oakland Athletics.

Frankly, this probably isn’t the ideal time for the Braves to see the media circus that is ESPN, but with a few days to right the ship before the crew arrives, perhaps the increased attention will do some positive work. At the moment, the tentative pitching match-ups will include Alex Wood against Gio Gonzalez on August 10th, and Mike Minor (should he be inserted back into the rotation) against the newest member of the A’s staff, Jon Lester, on August 17th.

Stay tuned for more coverage on the Atlanta Braves, and be sure to note the changes in time for attending/watching the upcoming games.

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