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Braves take on Twins in Hall of Fame Game

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Cooperstown, NY (Sports Network) - The Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins take a break from their regular season schedules to play in the 58th annual Hall of Fame Game this afternoon from Doubleday Field. Today's game will be a prelude to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, set for Sunday, July 25 when Cooperstown will welcome new additions Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor.

This will be the first time the Twins are involved in the Hall of Fame Game since 1991 when they earned a 6-4 win over the San Francisco Giants . Minnesota has won its last three times in this game, last losing in 1966 to the St. Louis Cardinals . The Braves were last in this contest in 1987 when they were blanked 3-0 by the Yankees .

Paul Byrd , who continues to recover from Tommy John surgery, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2002. The righthander will start today's exhibition game for the Braves . Byrd continued his injury rehabilitation with a start for Triple-A Richmond last Wednesday, throwing 4 2/3 innings.

Righthander Scott Baker, who has logged a 3-1 mark with a 2.06 ERA for Double-A New Britain of the Eastern League, will start today for Minnesota.

The Braves are bringing up 10 minor leaguers from Single-A Myrtle Beach for today's game. The Twins are bringing in eight extra players from the minor leagues to play in this afternoon's game.

The Braves , who have lost two in a row and four of their last five contests in the regular season, will resume their schedule tomorrow night at Turner Field with the opener of a three-game interleague slate against the Kansas City Royals .

The Twins have captured five of their last seven contests, but dropped two of three at home to Philadelphia over the weekend. Minnesota embarks on a nine- game road trip tomorrow night with the first of three in Montreal.

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