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Alex Wood returns to Atlanta in Dodgers' opener with Braves

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The Dodgers make their final trip to Turner Field, opening a three-game series in Atlanta against the Braves on Tuesday night.

This is the 20th season the Braves have played in the stadium built for the 1996 Olympics, and the Dodgers are 29-40 all-time in games there, 30-41 if you count the postseason, too.

Alex Wood is pitching in Atlanta for the first time since July 21, 2015, nine days before he was traded to the Dodgers. He fared well at home at Turner Field as a Brave, going 12-11 with a 3.23 ERA in 40 games, including 15 quality starts in 25 starts. He also struck out more than a batter an inning in Atlanta, putting up a 26.3-percent strikeout rate.

Since joining the Dodgers, Wood has a 16-percent strikeout rate, including six in 51 batters (11.8 percent) in the early going this season. But if he keeps up the 63.2-percent ground ball rate from his first three starts in 2016, Wood will likely make out just fine.

The Braves opened the season with nine straight losses, but got on the board with a weekend sweep in Miami against the Marlins.

Despite averaging 89 losses the last two seasons, the Braves put up winning records at Turner Field in both years, going 42-39 at home in each of 2014 and 2015. But so far this year, Atlanta is 0-5 at home, their worst start at home dating back to at least 1913.

Julio Teheran gets the call in the opener for Atlanta, struggling a bit of late with 11 runs allowed in 11 innings in his last two starts. He has experienced success at Turner Field as well, going 22-11 with  a 2.91 ERA in 54 career games there, including 52 starts, with 316 strikeouts in 337⅔ innings and a 23.2-percent strikeout rate, compared to 18.1 percent on the road.

Atlanta roster move

Before the series, the Braves placed infielder Gordon Beckham on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, and recalled pitcher Ryan Weber from Triple-A Gwinnett. The move gives Atlanta 13 pitchers, including eight relievers, on their active roster, just like the Dodgers.

Game info

Time: 4:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA