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Minor collects his 10th victory of the year

With a playoff spot secure and only five games remaining, the Braves, whose chances of catching the Nationals for the National League East title are dwindling, have the rest of the regular season to prep for the NL Wild Card game and, possibly, beyond.

Kris Medlen is in line to pitch the Wild Card game, with Tim Hudson getting the ball in a potential Division Series opener. Who would start Game 2, however, has yet to be decided. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has said it will be either Paul Maholm or Saturday's starter, Mike Minor.

Despite the possibility he could start a Game 2 in the NLDS, Minor said he isn't using his final regular-season start as an audition.

"I'm going out there to win, I'm going out there to pitch as best as I can and whatever happens, happens," Minor said. "Some days you have bad days and some are good. Hopefully, it'll be another good day and we'll get another win."

There certainly have been good days for Minor lately. The young lefty has a 2.37 ERA and .197 batting average against in his past 14 starts, the last of which was a win against the Phillies.

The Mets, who have won seven of their last eight games, send Chris Young to the mound for his final outing in what has been a good season for the right-hander. Young has made every start since rejoining the rotation in June after missing more than a year while rehabbing from shoulder surgery.

Young is 1-1 with a 2.66 ERA in four September starts, one a no-decision against the Braves in which he allowed two runs in six innings.

Mets: Murphy ties career high
• Daniel Murphy recorded his 39th double of the season Friday, matching his career high. Murphy is hitting .345 with six doubles and two home runs this month.

• Shortstop Ruben Tejada has a 10-game hitting streak in which he's batting .400.

Braves: Prado nearing 60 multihit games
• Left fielder Martin Prado has a National League-best 59 multihit games, including nine in his last 19 contests. His next one would make him only the 10th player in franchise history to have 60 multihit games in a season and the first since Terry Pendleton in 1992.

• Catcher Brian McCann likely will return to the lineup Saturday after sitting Friday to rest his shoulder and knee.

Worth noting
• The Braves lead the season series, 10-6.

• Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, playing his last regular-season series in Atlanta, is 6-for-10 in his career against Young.

• Mets third baseman David Wright has only one hit in eight career at-bats against Minor.

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