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Braves' opening day at Turner Field

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  • Opening weekend at Turner Field as the Braves battle with the Milwaukee Brewers.



Dust off those tomahawks and start chopping the air, it's Atlanta Braves season again.

The Braves' season opener at Turner Field is happening today at 7:35 p.m. The Braves, who have won only two of their first six games this season, will take on the Milwaukee Brewers tonight.

After narrowly missing the playoffs by one game last year due to late season slump, expectations are high for this season.

And while no one can ever replace the level of excellence Bobby Cox produced as manager for the Braves, manager Fredi Gonzalez put together a decent season last year (other than the lackluster ending) for his first time managing the Braves.

This Braves team will be helped greatly by the return of veteran player and team leader Chipper Jones for one more season with the team before his retiring.

Jones, who is the only player still active for the Braves from the 1995 World Series championship, proves to still be a large spark to the team.

On Tuesday, Jones hit a home run in the top of the third inning to break a tie, igniting the Brave's offense and leading to a 6-4 victory. Watch a highlight reel of Jones' game here.

Jones returning to the lineup proved to be the remedy for the Brave's three-game sweep by the New York Mets last weekend. On Wednesday, the Braves squeezed out another victory as young gun Jason Heyward homered in the eighth to extend the Braves' lead, then Jones had a ninth-inning RBI single to provide extra padding for the Braves' win.

With the Braves returning to Atlanta for their first home series, they will be facing a balanced Brewers team that has won four out of their last six games. Luckily, the Braves played great at home last year, and pitcher Jair Jurrjens will be the starter today, after posting a 13-6 record last year with a 2.96 ERA.

To help celebrate the Brave's homecoming, Academy Sports and Outdoors will be giving away the iconic foam tomahawks to the first 45,000 fans at Turner Field today. In addition, Turner Field will be continuing their tradition of a fireworks show after every home game on Friday night, be sure to hang back and watch the sparks fly after the game.

Braves vs. Brewers, Opening Day at Turner Field, 7:35 p.m., 755 Hank Aaron Drive Atlanta GA



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