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Braves New Ace Baseball

In this Oct. 5, 2012 file photo, Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen (54) works during the first inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Atlanta. Medlen hardly comes across as imposing. He's maybe 5-foot-10 in his cleats, hyper like a little child, always kidding around in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse. But on the mound, he's eager to prove he's the team's next great starting pitcher, a worthy successor to the legacy left by Maddux and Smoltz and Glavine.