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Braves happy not to face Smoltz

Updated: June 19, 2009, 6:43 PM ET
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John Smoltz's former Atlanta Braves teammates are glad -- for Smoltz and themselves -- that they won't have to face him in his Boston Red Sox debut, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Red Sox and Braves, yearly foes in interleague play, are scheduled to meet this weekend at Fenway Park and next weekend at Turner Field. But Smoltz, who pitched 20 seasons in Atlanta, will make his Red Sox debut on Thursday, June 25, against the Washington Nationals.

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