Braves on verge of World Se­ries for 1st time in over 2 decades

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Braves Fans watch bat­ting prac­tice be­fore Game 5 of the Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries on Fri­day night as the Braves looked to clinch a spot in the World Se­ries for the first time since 1999. Lefty reliever A.J. Min­ter was the first pitcher on the mound for the Braves, who are go­ing with a bullpen day. The Braves took a 3-1 se­ries lead over the Dodgers into the game in Ar­ling­ton, Texas. Dustin May, like Min­ter a Texas na­tive, started for the Dodgers. Min­ter had never started in the big leagues, in 139 reg­u­lar-sea­son games over four sea­sons or his five pre­vi­ous post­sea­son ap­pear­ances. He was the fourth of seven pitch­ers the Braves used in Game 2, when they held on for an 8-7 win. This is his fourth ap­pear­ance in these play­offs af­ter an 0.83 ERA over 21 2⁄ in­nings in 22 games dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. May pitched 4 2⁄ score­less in­nings in his pre­vi­ous

3 3 three ap­pear­ances this post­sea­son. —

ERIC GAY/AP

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