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Chipper Jones turns 40 today.
Chipper Jones turns 40 today.

Tonight's matchup at Dodger Stadium features two of the top six teams in baseball in terms of run differential so far this season. The Dodgers (13-4) are tied with the Texas Rangers for the best record in baseball, while the Braves (10-7) are two and a half games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East.

Best Run Differential In MLB
Team Record R Scored R Allowed Differential
Texas 13-4 98 49 +49
St. Louis 11-6 84 49 +35
Yankees 10-6 97 77 +20
Atlanta 10-7 93 73 +20
White Sox 10-6 71 53 +18
Dodgers 13-4 75 60 +15
Washington 12-4 58 45 +13
Toronto 10-6 82 71 +11

On Monday manager Don Mattingly said of the Braves, "They've got a dangerous club. They'll hurt you." Although Atlanta scored just two runs in Monday's loss at Dodger Stadium, the Braves lead the National League in scoring, at 5.47 runs per game.

Chipper Turns 40

Braves third baseman and surefire Hall of Famer Chipper Jones turns 40 today. Jones can go 0-for-63 and still have a career on-base percentage of .400 (it would be .39951). To maintain his career .400 OBP, Jones would need a .310 OBP in 300 plate appearances, a .333 OBP in 400 PA, or a .346 in 500 PA this season.

Atlanta Roster Move

To take the place of Jair Jurrjens, who was optioned to Triple A after losing Monday's game, the Braves have recalled right-handed pitcher Cory Gearrin from Triple A Gwinnett. Gearrin, 26, was 1-0 in seven scoreless appearances in Triple A, with two walks and 15 strikeouts in 12 innings.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: KCAL

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