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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Monday, July 21 (All times Eastern)

Miami Marlins (45-52) at Atlanta Braves (54-44), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.99) Atlanta - Julio Teheran (9-6, 2.71)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Julio Teheran takes the mound opposite Tom Koehler at Turner Field on Monday night when the Atlanta Braves open a four-game set with the visiting Miami Marlins.

Teheran, Atlanta's ace, has had eight days to rest his body and mind following back-to-back lackluster outings. After getting roughed up for five runs on 11 hits in just 3 1/3 innings against the Mets on July 8, Teheran yielded four runs on seven hits against the Cubs his next time out. Prior to that, the right-hander had given up more than three earned runs only twice in his first 18 starts.

"I'm happy with what I did in the first half and what the team did," Teheran said. "I'm just trying to give (the same effort) into the second half, and I hope we'll get better this time."

Koehler last pitched against the New York Mets on July 12 and gave up three earned runs on only two hits in 6 1/3 innings. He has earned only one victory since June 4 and is 2-4 with a 5.72 ERA over his last 10 starts.

"You hope to come back from the break and start off on a good note," Koehler said. "You really want to finish strong and give it all you've got for the last two months."

Miami put the brakes on a six-game slide with Sunday's 3-2 win over San Francisco. Casey McGehee jumped on Giants starter Tim Lincecum with a two-run homer in the first inning, and the Marlins later broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh on Lincecum's run-scoring wild pitch. Brad Hand pitched seven innings of two-run ball for Miami to notch his first win as a starter since 2011.

Atlanta has won four of its last five and began an 11-game homestand with a series victory against Philadelphia over the weekend.

The Braves are coming off Sunday's 8-2 victory behind a strong start from Alex Wood, who fanned eight batters, walked nobody, and allowed only one run on three hits over six innings. Chris Johnson hit a two-run homer and Tommy La Stella tacked on a bases-clearing double to spark the offense.

The Braves are 5-4 against Miami this season, although they are 14-6 over their last 20 meetings against the Marlins at Turner Field. Atlanta and Washington have separated from the pack in the NL East as they both share the division lead, eight games ahead of the Mets and 8 1/2 in front of fourth- place Miami.

07/21 10:29:20 ET