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Pirates Vs. Braves: Bucs Return To Atlanta, Where 2011 Season Went To Die

The Pirates' 2011 season went down the tubes in Atlanta last season, thanks in part to Jerry Meals' blown call.

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After getting a series win from the Colorado Rockies earlier this week, the Pirates will return to Atlanta, where their season fell apart last year, for a tough four-game set against the Braves.

The Pirates were 1.5 games out of first place on July 27 of last season when a blown call in the 19th inning by umpire Jerry Meals handed them a loss they didn't deserve. They went 19-41 the rest of the season.

The first matchup of this series, at 7:35 p.m. Friday, pits A.J. Burnett, making his second start of the season, against Tommy Hanson. At 7:10 on Saturday, Erik Bedard faces youngster Randall Delgado. At 1:35 on Sunday, Tim Hudson makes his season debut for the Braves against Kevin Correia. Then on Monday at 7:10, the Pirates start James McDonald against Mike Minor, who's emerging as a tough young pitcher. The Bucs head to St. Louis on Tuesday for a series against the Cardinals.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Braves, there's Talking Chop.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.