Braves seek 12th straight win, Lynn returns

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After another slow start to the season, the reigning World Series champion Braves is once again charging like an October contender, heading into a series in Washington with an 11-game win streak.

It’s the club’s best stretch since their 14th straight win from July 26 to August 9, 2013. Atlanta has outplayed opponents 74-30 with 22 home runs during the run and the pitching staff has a 2 ERA, 32 in the same period.

Braves right-hander Ian Anderson (5-3, 4.53 ERA) has two wins during this streak, although he’s also had a 5.25 ERA in his last two starts – Atlanta has scored 13 runs behind him in every game. He meets Nat’s righty Josiah Gray (6-4, 4.33) to start the series.


LYNN IS HERE

Lance Lynn will return from the injury list and play for the White Sox a day ahead of schedule after manager Tony La Russa changed his rotation in response to Michael Kopech’s injury on Sunday.

Kopech left a start against Texas after 13 pitches with a right knee problem, and La Russa used Johnny Cueto – Monday’s prospective starter – for relief. Kopech was optimistic he would return soon and La Russa said the right-hander could be back by next Sunday.

Lynn was due to return on Tuesday but will instead take Cueto’s vacated seat for a series opener in Detroit. Lynn underwent surgery on his right knee during spring training and is yet to serve this season. The 35-year-old was 11-6 with a 2.69 ERA over 28 starts last year.

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