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ATL@ARI: Teheran fans three over six solid frames

The last time the Braves hosted the Twins in a game that counted, Atlanta took a 14-5 victory in Game 5 of the 1991 World Series at the old Fulton County Stadium.

Other than an exhibition game before the 2011 season, all nine of the teams' meetings since then have taken place in Minnesota, the last coming in '10. But that run will come to an end Monday night, when the Braves welcome the Twins to Turner Field for the start of a three-game series.

Minnesota comes in scuffling, having lost four of five games to close out a 2-7 homestand. The Braves had lost five of six before starting their six-game stand at Turner Field by sweeping a three-game set with the Dodgers.

The Twins' Kevin Correia, who will start against fellow right-hander Julio Teheran, is no stranger to Turner Field after spending the first 10 years of his career in the National League. He owns a 2.66 ERA in five games there, including four starts.

Correia (4-3, 3.35 ERA) has been Minnesota's most consistent starter this year, but has slid a bit in May, with a 5.71 ERA in three starts. He pitched into the eighth inning Tuesday against the White Sox, but gave up two of his four total runs before recording an out, losing out on what would have been his sixth quality start.

"I'm not trying to go out there just for the sake of going out for the eighth. I'm here to win games," Correia said. "I felt really good."

Teheran (2-1, 4.57) has picked up his performance of late, as he tries to solidify his spot in the rotation with Brandon Beachy on the comeback trail from Tommy John surgery. The 22-year-old has held the opposition to three runs or fewer in four straight starts, posting a 14-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 25 1/3 innings.

Teheran, who gave up two runs in six innings Tuesday in Arizona, has been getting more comfortable with his offspeed pitches of late, making more frequent use of his changeup.

"He had his changeup working [Tuesday]," Braves catcher Gerald Laird said. "He had his slider and curveball, and actually had his sinker working pretty well tonight, too. He's making adjustments in the middle of the game and he's making changes when he needs to. That's a good sign."

Twins: NL vets on the mound
• It just so happens that all three of the Twins pitchers in this series -- Correia, Mike Pelfrey and Vance Worley -- spent their entire careers in the NL before this season, with Pelfrey and Worley pitching in the NL East. None has experienced much success at the plate, with respective batting averages of .116, .098 and .153, but at least they aren't new to grabbing a bat.

"It just worked out that way that they're going in there," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "But they know what they're doing. They've been there and done it. They're all good and fine and can handle the bats. I had a chance to watch them out there, so that's good. They know what to do on the bases, so it works out good."

• Second baseman Brian Dozier and left fielder Josh Willingham both sat out Sunday's game against the Red Sox amid their recent struggles. Ryan Doumit also was out of the lineup after catching all of Saturday's nearly four-hour contest.

Dozier is hitting .103 (3-for-29) with 10 strikeouts in his last eight games. Willingham is at .100 (4-for-40) over his past 11 contests.

Braves: Contact an issue for Francisco
• Juan Francisco, platooning at third base with Chris Johnson, has been striking out at an elevated rate during his recent slump. The left-handed hitter has fallen victim to the strikeout in seven straight at-bats and nine of his last 10.

In his past five games, Francisco is 0-13 with 10 strikeouts. He has struck out 39 times this season, accounting for 40.6 percent of his plate appearances. Last year, he struck out 34.1 percent of the time.

• Johnson, on the other hand, is 9-for-16 with a double and a home run over his past five games. He leads the Majors hitting .435 (20-for-46) against lefties, despite faring better against righties throughout his career.

Worth noting
• The Twins are 5-4 all-time against the Braves in regular-season play.

• Justin Upton easily has the most experience against Correia of any Braves player, going 14-for-42 (.333) with four doubles and a home run in his career. Comments