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The trade deadline came and went at 1pm today, and other than the Earth-shattering Claudio Vargas for Vinny Rottino swap, the Dodgers stood pat.  New acquisition George Sherrill has joined the team in Atlanta and is active for tonight's game with the Braves.

Jason Schmidt improbably makes his third start for the Dodgers since being activated from the two-year disabled list.  He has allowed ten hits, eight runs, and four walks in his eight innings of work in his firs two outings.  I would expect a healthy dose of yesterday's call up, Scott Elbert, tonight.

Just as Schmidt was once a young Braves' pitcher, tonight's starter for Atlanta is 22-year old Tommy Hanson, who is 5-0 with a 2.95 ERA in his first 9 major league starts.  His FIP, however, is 4.49, and his x-FIP is 5.23.

Per the Dodger game notes, "Sherrill was born in Memphis and becomes just the fifth Tennessee-born pitcher in Los Angeles Dodger history, joining Claude Osteen (339 games), pitching coach Rick Honeycutt (128), Greg McMichael (12), and Jim Hickman (1)."

The Braves reacquired Adam LaRoche from the Red Sox for Casey Kotchman, in an exchange of first basemen.  Per Mark Bowman of MLB.com, with LaRoche en route to Atlanta, Barbaro Canizares has been promoted from AAA Gwinnett, and will start at first base for the Braves tonight.

Get your guesses in for tonight's finale of "Clogging The Bases" here.

Game Time:  4:35pm

TV:  Prime Ticket

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