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ATL@PHI: Maholm strikes out five Phillies over six

After struggling early last season, Braves left-hander Paul Maholm understands just how important it is to begin the 2013 season strong.

That's why Maholm has put extra focus on starting this season out well.

"You want to get off on the right foot. I know last year I got shelled in two straight starts to begin the year," Maholm said. "No matter if you throw a shutout or get bombed, you've got to take it like you've got 30-plus starts and you'll have good ones and bad ones. You've got the itch to get out there and see where you're at."

Maholm dominated in his final spring innings, not allowing an earned run in his final 20 1/3 frames.

Maholm will make his first start of the season on Wednesday night at Turner Field against a revamped Phillies lineup that not only includes Ben Revere and Michael Young, but Domonic Brown as the everyday left fielder.

Coming into Spring Training as a more relaxed, mature player, the 25-year-old Brown showed just how much he's grown with a solid debut on Opening Day. He finished Monday's game going 1-for-3 with a walk.

"It just feels good," Brown said. "I feel like I'm in a good spot and I'm learning just as much as I can about the game. I keep learning every day, and that's all I can do."

As Brown continues to progress, all eyes will still be on Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay come Wednesday.

After a disappointing 2012 season and an up-and-down Spring Training, Halladay will try to start this season against the Braves on the right foot.

However, that could be a difficult task after going 0-2 with a 11.21 ERA in four starts against Atlanta last season.

Phillies: Revere leads off, Rollins bats second
Revere was the Phillies' leadoff hitter in Monday's Opening Day game against the Braves, while Jimmy Rollins hit second.

The Revere-Rollins order creates a break in left-handed hitters with Revere, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

"I decided that I would try it awhile," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I've got more options in my lineup than I had at this time last year. We've got more speed in our lineup. We've got a few more patient hitters and guys that work the count."

However, Manuel would not say how long he would keep Revere in the top spot.

Braves: Chipper throws out first pitch
Chipper Jones threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Brian McCann before the Opening Day game.

This season marks the first time since 1995 that Jones has not been the centerpiece of the Braves' lineup.

"It's weird," Jones said sitting on the bench during batting practice. "It is what it is. I miss it today. But I won't miss it tomorrow."

Worth noting
• In his first career game with the Phillies on Monday, Young went 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout.

• Braves catcher Evan Gattis, who is sharing time behind the plate with Gerald Laird, is expected to make his first start on Wednesday.

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