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When, where: 7:35 p.m. Friday, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, 1:05 p.m. Sunday and 1:05 p.m. Monday at Turner Field.

TV; radio: TBS Friday through Sunday, Turner South on Monday; WSB-AM (750).

Series history: Atlanta leads the series 77-60, including 11-8 in 2002.

Probable starting pitchers: Today -- LHP Michael Tejera (8-8, 4.45 ERA in 2002) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (8-9, 5.04 ERA in 2002); Saturday -- RHP Greg Maddux (0-1, 5.14) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (0-1, 6.75); Sunday -- RHP Brad Penny (8-7, 4.66 ERA in 2002) vs. LHP Horacio Ramirez (0-1, 2.57); Monday -- RHP Carl Pavano (0-1, 7.50) vs. RHP Russ Ortiz (pitched Thursday).

Worth noting: Florida pitchers were having a difficult time early with new catcher Ivan Rodriguez. The 10-time AL Gold Glove winner was charged with three passed balls in the first two games. There was miscommunication, and pitchers repeatedly shook off signs from the former Ranger.

Starters:

C -- Ivan Rodriguez

1B -- Derrek Lee

2B -- Luis Castillo

3B -- Mike Lowell

SS -- Alex Gonzalez

LF -- Todd Hollandsworth

CF -- Juan Pierre

RF -- Juan Encarnacion

Friday's pitching matchup: Tejera is 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA in four games (one start) against the Braves, his worst against any team. In a July start vs. Atlanta, he gave up nine runs, 11 hits and four walks in six innings. Marquis is 2-2 with a 7.67 ERA in eight games (four starts) vs. Florida.

-- David O'Brien

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