Road-weary Braves expecting Heyward to come off DL

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are ready to put their suitcases away and take their first look at the lineup they envisioned before the season.

General manager Frank Wren says Jason Heyward is expected to be activated from the disabled list for Friday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It would be Atlanta's first chance this season to have both Heyward, recovering from an appendectomy, and catcher Brian McCann, who made a recent return from shoulder surgery, in the same lineup.

The Braves have played only 14 home games, the fewest in the major leagues. They are coming off a 4-6 road trip, their second 10-game trip of 2013, but still lead the NL East.

They will play 14 of their next 19 games at home.

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