What you need to know about the Braves today

1. The Braves (82-64) did not play Thursday.

2. The Phillies (74-71) also did not play Thursday.

3. The Braves lead the Phillies by 7 ½ games in the NL East.

4. The Nationals (74-73) are just a game behind the Phillies, 8 ½ behind the Braves.

5. The Braves’ magic number to clinch the East title is 10. That’s any combination of Braves wins and Phillies losses.

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6. The Braves have 16 games left. The Phillies have 17.

7. The Braves begin a 3-game home series against the Nationals Friday at SunTrust Park. Game times are 7:35 p.m. Friday, 1:05 Saturday and 1:35 Sunday. Braves starters are Kevin Gausman (Friday), Julio Teheran (Saturday) and Sean Newcomb (Sunday).  (The team is offering free tickets to Hurricane Florence evacuees.)

8. The Phillies start a 3-game home series against the Marlins Friday. Game times are 7:05 p.m. Friday, 7:05 Saturday and 1:35 Sunday.

9. The NL playoffs begin with the NL wild-card game on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The division series begin on Thursday, Oct. 4.

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