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ATL@PHI: Hudson two-hits Phils over 7 1/3 for 16h win

Sure, the Braves may have already clinched their playoff spot in 2012.

But they'd like to celebrate one more time before the regular season is over.

It's a long shot, but Atlanta remains alive in the NL East race, trailing Washington by four games in the division.

When the Braves begin their final home series on Friday night, there's nothing the rival Mets would like more than to spoil the division-title hopes of the home crowd.

Left-hander Jon Niese gets the ball for the Mets, looking to continue his strong finish to the 2012 campaign. He has tossed seven consecutive quality starts and earned a career-high 12 victories.

He's opposed by righty Tim Hudson, who could very well be making his final start before the playoffs. Hudson limited the Phillies to just one unearned run on Sunday. He struggled a bit earlier in the month, but made some mechanical adjustments on his offspeed pitches.

Friday night will also feature a pregame ceremony for Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, who will begin his final regular-season series in Atlanta.

"There are a lot of good things happening this week," Jones said. "It's pretty cool to think about."

The Braves will honor Jones in a ceremony that is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Bobby Cox, Dale Murphy and Hank Aaron are among those scheduled to be in attendance.

"There are a lot of people coming from all over the country this last week to watch me play and say goodbye," Jones said. "I want to be out there. How much I'm out there -- where we sit in the standings will have a lot to do with that. But I plan on starting every game."

Mets: Hernandez's famous 'stache gone
• Mets legend Keith Hernandez shaved his just-as-legendary mustache Thursday for a good cause.

Hernandez and Schick Hydro -- the event's sponsor -- partnered to donate $10,000 to the Jacquelyn Hernandez Adult Day Health Center for patients with Alzheimer's disease. The center is named after Hernandez's mother, who passed away in 1989.

"I want to thank all of my fans who supported my mustache over the years, but it's time for it to take a back seat and give my upper lip some time to shine," the former All-Star first baseman and current SNY analyst joked in a press release.

Braves: Kimbrel fans four
• Closer Craig Kimbrel struck out four batters in the ninth inning on Wednesday against Miami, becoming just the fourth Brave since 1977 to do so.

Kimbrel recorded three outs by strikeout, and he also struck out Donovan Solano, only to have him reach on a wild pitch.

"He's amazing," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's having a great year for them and he didn't do anything different today."

Worth noting
• Mets third baseman David Wright has come to the plate 74 times against Hudson, and he's hitting just .231 with two homers and six RBIs.

• Wright became the Mets' all-time hits leader with a third-inning single on Wednesday against the Pirates that moved him past Ed Kranepool. With three hits since then, Wright now has 1,422 hits in his career.

• The Braves have already taken 10 of 15 games from the Mets this year to clinch the season series. The Mets haven't won a season series against Atlanta since 2006.

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