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Braves to Host Giants in National League Playoff Series - 2002-10-02

The Atlanta Braves host the San Francisco Giants in game one of their best-of-five National League playoff series Wednesday at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia (1700 UTC).

The Braves won the National League East Division title with 101 wins and only 59 losses. The Giants finished the regular season 96 and 66 and have won 25 games since August 25.

The Giants will start right-handed pitcher Russ Ortiz while Atlanta will counter with Tom Glavine. Ortiz had 14 wins and 10 losses with an earned run average of 3.61 during the regular season. Glavine won 18 games and lost 11 with a 2.96 ERA and gave up just five hits in his last start against the Giants August 14.

To win Wednesday, Atlanta will have to contain single-season home run king Barry Bonds, who won the National League Batting Title this year with a .370 average. However, Bonds has had a disappointing history in the playoffs, he has not been on a winning team in five post season appearances.

Later in the day, the Minnesota Twins try for a second straight win in Oakland when they take on the Athletics in game two of their series (2000 UTC). The Twins won the opener 7-5. And the New York Yankees have another night game at home (0010 UTC), aiming for a 2-0 lead over the Anaheim Angels in their best-of-five playoff series. The Yanks won Tuesday night, 8-5.