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Braves going with six-man rotation

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Braves going with six-man rotation

The Braves have had a sort of carousel in their starting rotation this season with pitchers going down to injury, another being traded, and the sudden resurrection of Ben Sheets. They are about to get ace Tommy Hanson back and his return will give them a sort of overflow at the position. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the team plans to roll with a six-man rotation moving forward.

Tomorrow will likely be Hanson's only rehab start.Sounds unlikely Braves will go to a 6-man rotation when he returns Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 11, 2012

The Braves have been winning games lately but still trail the Nationals by 4.5 games in the N.L. East because Washington has been even hotter. It seems they will try and sort out their rotation over the next few weeks to determine their best five guys for the September pennant race.

Hanson himself has had an underwhelming 2012 campaign with a 4.29 ERA, the worst of his career. Last season he posted a 3.60 clip in 130.0 innings, but this year marks the fourth consecutive season his ERA has been raised.

Despite his struggles this year, Hanson should have a spot reserved for him as the Braves will likely be looking at how young pitchers Mike Minor and Kris Medlen, as well as veteran Jair Jurjjens, pitch in determining who becomes the odd-man out.

The Nationals will be making changes with their starters in a few weeks with the shutdown of Stephen Strasburg, lefty John Lannan will likely take his place. It will be interesting to see how the two rotations shake out as they go head-to-head in the standings down the stretch.

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Watch Max Scherzer strike out Tim Tebow on just three pitches

Watch Max Scherzer strike out Tim Tebow on just three pitches

Max Scherzer is a two-time Cy Young Award winner and widely considered one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.

Tim Tebow is a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and Single-A baseball prospect for the New York Mets.

That enough should tell you all you need to know about how an encounter between the two would fare. But considering Tebow is one of the most polarizing figures in sports, and despite him being the longest of longshots to crack an MLB roster, people flock to the interwebs to see how he's doing on the baseball diamond.

On Monday, he got a chance to step into the batter's box against Scherzer, who was making his first spring training start for the Nationals.

Pitch 1: 96 MPH fastball — Swing and miss

Pitch 2: 97 MPH fastball — Looking

Pitch 3: 97 MPH fastball — Swing and miss

Tebow faced Scherzer again later in the game, and managed to do only slightly better.

Scherzer struck him out on four pitches.

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2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

Back in the olden days, cotton candy or a plate of nachos were considered bold ballpark snacks. Thankfully, the olden days are over, and a new era of ballpark food has begun.

And in this era, a menu item isn't considered complete until it's fried, sandwiched between something else and then finally drizzled with some sort of sauce. 

So, what's on the menu for 2017? Well, peanuts, hot dogs and apple pie nachos, of course.

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With a new season about to begin, CSNmidatlantic.com has identified 10 of the most eye-popping and artery-clogging foods available around Major League Baseball in 2017. To see them, simply click on the link above or below to open our gallery (no fork and knife necessary).

After all, while peanuts and Cracker Jack are cute, they simply can't match up with a hot dog topped with bacon and a fried egg. 

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