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Braves-Tigers Preview 4-26-13

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DETROIT, MI - APRIL 09: Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the second inning during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park on April 9, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – APRIL 09: Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the second inning during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park on April 9, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

(AP) — Atlanta Braves left-hander Paul Maholm knew his shutout streak would eventually end. Surprisingly, facing the Detroit Tigers could help him put more zeros up on the scoreboard.

Maholm goes for a team-high fourth victory Friday night when the NL East-leading Braves and struggling Tigers meet for the first time in three seasons.

Opening his first full season with Atlanta (15-6), Maholm (3-1, 1.03 ERA) worked 25 1-3 scoreless innings before giving up three runs in the sixth of Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh. His shutout streak was the longest by a starter to open a season since Luis Tiant (27 innings) in 1966.

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