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Braves focused on Brewers, not Nationals

Braves focused on Brewers, not Nationals

Braves focused on Brewers, not Nationals
MILWAUKEE -- Standing in front of his locker in the Miller Park visitors' clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon, Braves center fielder Michael Bourn would not touch the question about this weekend.

"I'm not talking about the Nationals," he said. "We play the Brewers today. I'm not one of those players that likes to get ahead and talk about this game and who you're playing. ... We play the Brewers today.

"Find me after the game or find me Thursday or Friday, we can talk about it any time. But I want to win against the Brewers today."

If there was any question about whether the Braves were looking past this series to the weekend matchup with the National League East-leading Nationals, Bourn answered it.

Especially with the offense struggling Monday and Tuesday, the Braves were especially focused on Wednesday in finishing off the six-game road trip with a win.

"What about these guys right now?" Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of the Brewers. "We came in here, and we knew that these guys were playing well.

"No, no, we weren't overlooking them at all. They've just pitched really well against us. And we haven't swung the bats."

With the way the Brewers have been playing lately, the Braves have added incentive to slow their momentum.

The hottest teams tend to be the most dangerous in the postseason, and with 17 wins in 22 games entering Wednesday, the Brewers fit that profile.

"We can't take them for granted. They've been playing well. They bring it every day just like we try to bring it," Bourn said. "They know that they're right there in the thick of things. They're only four games back. Other teams are losing, so, hey, they have a chance. But we're trying to stop that chance."

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