Giants Vs. Braves, Series Preview: G-Men Look To Stay Hot At AT&T Park

Aug 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Joaquin Arias (13) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

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The San Francisco Giants are fresh off a sweep of the rival Dodgers down in L.A., and now play host to the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park for a four game set.

Atlanta is 6-4 over its last 10 games, winning just one against the Washington Nationals in their last series. San Francisco took two of three at Turner Field in their last meeting in July, and are looking to put even more space between themselves and the Dodgers in the NL West.

Tommy Hanson (12-5, 4.27) takes on Barry Zito (9-8, 4.42) in Game 1. Hanson allowed three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Dodgers on Friday. Zito tossed a quality start against the Cardinals on Tuesday, allowing two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings for the win. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

On Friday, Ben Sheets (4-3, 3.07) faces Ryan Vogelsong (10-7, 2.85). Sheets allowed six runs on four hits and two walks over six innings Saturday , while Vogelsong lasted just three innings during Sunday's 7-1 loss to the Padres. First pitch is set for 7:15 with coverage on NBC Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

Mike Minor (6-10, 4.74) battles Madison Bumgarner (14-7, 2.83) on Saturday. Minor pitched six innings and allowed three runs against the Padres in his last start, while Bumgarner tossed eight scoreless innings against the Dodgers in his last start. First pitch is at 1:05 with coverage on FOX and KNBR 680 AM.

Tim Hudson (12-4, 3.69) duels with Tim Lincecum (7-13, 5.30) in the finale on Sunday. Hudson tossed six innings of four-run ball in a no decision on Monday, while Timmy earned his seventh win on the year after a one-run performance over 5 2/3 innings on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 5:05 with coverage on ESPN and KNBR 680 AM.

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