Monday, April 13, 2015

Latos looks to bounce back against Braves

The Marlins will be seeking revenge when they come to Turner Field on Monday to begin a three-game series against the Braves, who opened this season with a three-game sweep last week in Miami. Mat Latos will match up against Shelby Miller during the series opener.
In his debut, Latos experienced the shortest start of his career as he recorded just two outs before the Braves chased him during a seven-run first inning on Tuesday. Miller needed 97 pitches to complete five scoreless innings as he made his successful season debut against the Marlins on Wednesday.
Things to know about this game
1. The Braves started this season with a 5-0 record for the first time since they won seven straight to start the 1994 season. This marks the second time in the past three seasons they have gotten out of the gates in impressive fashion. Their 13-2 start to the 2013 season propelled them to a National League East title.
2. Latos is coming off an injury-plagued 2014 with the Reds. He had surgery on his left knee, and in mid-October he had a scope on his right elbow. Latos maintains he is fine physically. Still, this is a big start for the right-hander to see if he can rebound and work deep into the game.
3. Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna was benched on Sunday due to tardiness. Asked if it was a one-day ordeal, manager Mike Redmond said: "We'll see." If Ozuna is out of the lineup a second day, Ichiro Suzuki is the likely replacement.

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