After sweeping the Dodgers in their last set, the Black and Orange turn to Barry Zito (9-8, 4.42 ERA), who is 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA in six career starts versus the Braves. The former Cy Young winner allowed just three hits in seven innings of work during the Giants' 9-0 win at Turner Field on July 17. This will be his first appearance against the Braves at AT&T Park.
Atlanta will send out Tommy Hanson (12-5, 4.27), who has been solid since returning form the DL. He allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Dodgers on Friday. He is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in four career starts against the Giants, including one in the 2010 playoffs.
It remains uncertain if Buster Posey will return to the lineup on Thursday after he was a late scratch on Wednesday with some hamstring tightness. He is 7-for-12 with three doubles and six RBIs against Atlanta so far in 2012.
First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
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