Final
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Smoltz returns to the mound vs. Indians

Jun 16, 2007 - 1:20 PM Atlanta (36-32) at Cleveland (39-27) 3:55 pm EDT

CLEVELAND (Ticker) - John Smoltz has had some bumps and bruises this season, but it never seems to effect his form when he returns.

Smoltz (7-3, 2.83 ERA) will make his first start in 11 days on Saturday when the Atlanta Braves visit the Cleveland Indians.

Smoltz suffered a dislocated pinky May 14 against the Nationals and came back five days later. He ran off a string of 14 straight scoreless innings over two starts against Boston and the New York Mets following that injury.

The last time Smoltz started against Cleveland was in Game Three of the 1995 World Series. He got knocked around for four runs in 2 1/3 innings, but the Braves recovered to win the series in six games.

The Indians will counter with control artist Paul Byrd (6-2, 4.50). The veteran righthander has issued just four walks in 68 innings this season.

Byrd suffered through his worst outing of the season last Sunday when he allowed seven runs and 11 hits in four innings to take a loss against Seattle.

Atlanta rallied for a pair of runs in the ninth inning Friday en route to a 5-4 victory.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 6 13 0
    CLEVELAND 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: ATL - JOHN SMOLTZ, TYLER YATES (7TH), RAFAEL SORIANO (8TH), PETER
    MOYLAN (9TH) AND BRIAN MCCANN
    CLE - PAUL BYRD, RAFAEL PEREZ (6TH) AND KELLY SHOPPACH

    HOME RUNS:

    Jun 16 6:45 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY EDGAR RENTERIA (10) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF RAFAEL PEREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 6, CLEVELAND 2
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: C JONES (.316, 2-FOR-4)

    Braves vs. IndiansJun 16 6:35 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY BRIAN MCCANN SCORED EDGAR RENTERIA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C JONES ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5
    CLEVELAND 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: J FRANCOEUR (.281, 0-FOR-2)

    Braves vs. IndiansJun 16 5:33 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY EDGAR RENTERIA SCORED WILLIE HARRIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, E RENTERIA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 4
    CLEVELAND 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: C JONES (.308, 0-FOR-2)

    Braves vs. IndiansJun 16 5:26 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY WILLIE HARRIS SCORED KELLY JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, W HARRIS ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 3
    CLEVELAND 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: E RENTERIA (.321, 2-FOR-2)

    Braves vs. IndiansJun 16 5:24 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DAVID DELLUCCI HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING KELLY SHOPPACH.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2
    CLEVELAND 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: C BLAKE (.280, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves vs. IndiansJun 16 5:00 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GRADY SIZEMORE SCORED JOSH BARFIELD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G SIZEMORE ON FIRST, K SHOPPACH ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2
    CLEVELAND 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: D DELLUCCI (.234, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves vs. IndiansJun 16 4:58 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY WILLIE HARRIS SCORED YUNEL ESCOBAR.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K JOHNSON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2
    CLEVELAND 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: E RENTERIA (.319, 1-FOR-1)

    Braves vs. IndiansJun 16 4:42 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KELLY JOHNSON SCORED SCOTT THORMAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K JOHNSON ON FIRST, Y ESCOBAR ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    CLEVELAND 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: W HARRIS (.392, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves vs. IndiansJun 16 4:41 PM