- The Washington Times - Monday, September 18, 2006

ATLANTA BRAVES AT WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Today, 7:05 p.m.

TV: MASN

Kyle Davies (2-5, 7.69) vs. Tony Armas Jr. (8-11, 5.28)

Tomorrow, 7:05 p.m.

TV: MASN

Chuck James (10-3, 3.33) vs. Beltran Perez (0-0, 1.59)

Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.

TV: MASN

Lance Cormier (3-5, 5.23) vs. Ramon Ortiz (10-14, 5.30)

The Braves’ unprecedented run of 14 consecutive divisional titles ended early last week. To put the club’s incredible run in perspective, consider this: Braves catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Jeff Francoeur were in first grade when the streak started.

Braves management vows to fine-tune this team, which it still believes is championship caliber. The Braves remain alive in the National League wild-card race but barely. They are six games behind the Dodgers and also trail the Phillies, Giants, Marlins and Reds.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT NEW YORK METS

Friday, 7:10 p.m.

TV: MASN, Ch. 20

Saturday, 7:10 p.m.

TV: MASN, Ch. 20

Sunday, 1:05 p.m.

TV: MASN

The Mets largely credit three key players — third baseman David Wright, center fielder Carlos Beltran and shortstop Jose Reyes — for ending the Braves’ 14-year run atop the East. But no Mets player has won the MVP award, and the club faces a delicate problem in pushing its trio for the honor: Each would take votes away from his two teammates.

The imposing figures of Phillies slugger Ryan Howard, Cardinals hit machine Albert Pujols and Nationals outfielder Alfonso Soriano, who this season became just the fourth player to join the elite 40-40 club, also stand in the way.

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