2013 NLDS schedule: Dodgers vs. Braves in opening round

Scott Cunningham

The Dodgers and Braves will meet in the playoffs for the first time since 1996.

LOS ANGELES -- The Cardinals beat the Cubs 4-0 on Sunday, clinching the No. 1 seed in the National League playoffs. That leaves the Braves as the No. 2 seed, meaning the Dodgers will open the NLDS on Thursday in Atlanta.

The Braves (96-66) on Sunday beat the Phillies 12-5, and finished one game behind the Cardinals (97-65) for best record in the NL. St. Louis will host the winner of Tuesday's NL wild card game, between the Pirates and Reds in Pittsburgh.

"We don't care who we play, and we don't care where it is," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said on Friday.

The Dodgers lost five of their seven games against the Braves this season, including getting swept in three games in Atlanta from May 17-19. The Braves didn't face Clayton Kershaw in either series in 2013, and the Dodgers won the only game started by Zack Greinke, on June 7 at Dodger Stadium.

The only time the Dodgers and Braves have met in the playoffs was in 1996, when Atlanta swept Los Angeles in three games in the NLDS. In 1959 the Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves finished the regular season tied and the Dodgers, in their second season in Los Angeles, won a best-of-three playoff in two games to capture the pennant, but technically those two games counted as regular season contests.

Game times for the first few games of the division series are expected to be announced later Sunday.

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