Braves-Royals Saturday afternoon start delayed by rain

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The Braves attempt at a season-best fifth straight win will have to wait a little bit, as the start of Atlanta's Saturday afternoon game with the Royals will start in a weather delay.

As of 4:00 p.m. ET, there are some rain and thunderstorms moving through the Kansas City area, with most of the heavier stuff clearing out after 5 p.m. today.


The Royals announced that the game will start at 6:45 PM EST

This series is the first time Atlanta and KC have met in the regular season since 2019, when they squared off in two different two-game sets. The Royals swept Atlanta in the July set, while the teams split when they met in Kansas City later that September.

Atlanta won the series opener for the 2023 edition on Friday night, 10-3, behind a powerful offensive barrage that featured five different players hitting home runs in the victory. Charlie Morton threw six innings for Atlanta on the mound, while striking out five and allowing two runs.

Tonight's starters feature two young pitchers off to strong starts in the young season. Kansas City is sending left-hander Kris Bubic to the hill, and Atlanta is giving Bryce Elder his third start of the year.

Atlanta is making some changes to its lineup after Friday night. Marcell Ozuna is back at designated hitter after having the night off last night, Kevin Pillar is in left field, and Eli White gets the call to start in center field.

Ozuna is off to a horrid start to the 2023 season, with a 3-36 (.083) mark at the plate with two home runs and two RBIs. His strikeout rate is up to more than 30% so far this year, sitting at 13 strikeouts in 11 games.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on when Saturday's game is expected to start, and have the recap of all the action when it's done!