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Braves open, close '11 with division rivals

Atlanta begins year in DC, ends it at home vs. Philadelphia

By Mark Bowman / MLB.com | 09/14/10 8:00 PM ET

ATLANTA -- When the Phillies come to Turner Field to close this year's regular season, there's a good chance they'll arrive in Atlanta with the National League East title still on the line.

When the Phillies return in April to open the home portion of the Braves' 2011 schedule -- released Tuesday night by Major League Baseball, they will be in the early stages of a journey that could allow these two teams the chance to spend two consecutive years battling for a division crown during the regular season's final weekend.

Before concluding a second straight season with a three-game showdown against the Phillies in Atlanta, the Braves will encounter a number of interesting matchups. They'll travel to Seattle and Anaheim for just the second time since the creation of the Interleague format, which will bring the Rangers, Orioles and Blue Jays to Atlanta next year.

For the first time since 1990, somebody other than Bobby Cox will begin the season as Atlanta's manager. Thus there will be enhanced attention surrounding the Braves' March 31 season opener against the Nationals in Washington.

After concluding that three-game set, which will include a scheduled off-day April 1, the Braves will travel to Milwaukee for a four-game series (April 4-7).

Atlanta will open the home portion of next year's schedule with a three-game weekend series against Philadelphia. The home opener will be played Friday, April 8, the 37th anniversary of the night Hank Aaron passed Babe Ruth and became Major League Baseball's home run king.

The Phils will return in the middle of May for a three-game series and then make their final trip to Atlanta to conclude the regular season Sept. 26-28. Before concluding a season-opening nine-game homestand, the Braves will also welcome the Marlins (April 12-14) and Mets (April 15-17).

After playing 12 of their first 16 games against division foes, Atlanta will begin a 10-game road trip that will pit the club against each of California's NL teams. When they're done visiting the Dodgers (April 18-21) Giants (April 22-24) and Padres (April 25-27), the Braves will return home to welcome Albert Pujols and the Cardinals (April 29-May 1). Atlanta will actually make three trips to the West Coast next year. The second trip will pit the Braves against the D-backs (May 18-19) and Angels (May 20-22). In terms of destinations, the most popular road trip of the season will be the one that sends the Braves back to San Diego to face the Padres (June 24-26). They'll conclude this six-game swing with a series against the Mariners (June 27-29) in Seattle.

When the Blue Jays come to Turner Field (June 20-22), Braves fans will welcome back former shortstop Yunel Escobar. When the Rangers visit earlier that week (June 17-19), these same fans will get to see the shortstop (Elvis Andrus) and top-flight pitcher (Neftali Feliz) that have become All-Stars since the Braves used them to land Mark Teixeira at the 2007 Trade Deadline.

The Braves will host the Padres on Memorial Day (May 30) and the Rockies on July 4.

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