Today’s Matchup – July 4, 2011

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Happy Independence Day everyone! Wherever you may be viewing fireworks and celebrating our country’s freedom tonight, take a moment to keep tabs on the Rockies game as they begin their series against the Atlanta Braves. We may get our first look at outfielder Cole Garner as he was called up from Colorado Springs today. He will be on the bench tonight to compensate for the outfield depth the Rockies lack with Carlos Gonzalez unavailable. Clayton Mortensen has been optioned to Triple-A.

Game #85: Ubaldo Jimenez (3-7, 4.35) vs. Tommy Hanson (9-4, 2.62)

Colorado Rockies (41-43)
Games Back: 6.5 (NL West); 7.5 (Wild Card)
Games Left: 77
Streak: Lost 1
Last 10: 4-6
Elimination Number: 72

Tonight’s Lineup
Charlie Blackmon, LF
Mark Ellis, 2B
Todd Helton, 1B
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Seth Smith, RF
Ty Wigginton, 3B
Ryan Spilborghs, CF
Chris Iannetta, C
Ubaldo Jimenez, P

Atlanta Braves (49-36)
Games Back: 4 (NL East); 0 (Wild Card)
Games Left: 76
Streak: Lost 1
Last 10: 7-3
Elimination Number: 74

Tonight’s Lineup
Jordan Schafer, CF
Alex Gonzalez, SS
Brian McCann, C
Freddie Freeman, 1B
Jason Heyward, RF
Dan Uggla, 2B
Brooks Conrad, 3B
Nate McClouth, LF
Tommy Hanson, P

First pitch is 5:10 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time from Turner Field in Atlanta. In the Rocky Mountain region, the game will be broadcast on ROOT Sports. In Atlanta, it will be on Fox Sports South. The game can also be heard on 850 KOA in Denver and on WNNX in Atlanta.