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Here’s how lucky Chelsea and Courey Marshall are: They are
going to Sunday’s Super Bowl after spending the previous night in a luxury suite
at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Courey Marshall Jake
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, a graduate of the Naval Academy who spent five
years in the service, and his wife, who works for a chiropractic practice, are
Broncos fans from San Diego. So this isn’t their first trip to the big game. In
2016, they were at Levi’s Stadium to see Denver beat Carolina for the NFL
championship.

Sure, their team and favorite player, now-retired Peyton Manning , are not on
hand this year. And the couple had no plans to be in Minnesota in February.

Then Courey was notified – by Manning, of all people – that he’d won the
Courtyard by Marriott Super Bowl contest. The prizes include two tickets to
Eagles-Patriots, and also the opportunity to stay in the converted stadium suite
on Saturday night.

”I’ve never been in a completely empty stadium, let alone the Super Bowl
stadium Tyler
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,” he said. ”And to have my wife with me, and to wake
up on game day in the stadium, that’s pretty special.”

Added Chelsea: ”I can’t imagine what it’s like to wake up in the Super Bowl
stadium with no fans there.”

They’re about to find out.

The suite is on field level next to where the Patriots would run out of the
tunnel before the game. It will be converted from the sleepover suite back to
its original state well before kickoff, and the Marshalls will have prime seats
near midfield.

Eli Manning was on hand this week to show off a replica of the suite and an
omnitheater presentation that replicated the experience.

”You’re right there in the dome and get to see all the behind-the-scenes
stuff,” he said. ”Then you wake up on Super Bowl Sunday right there. Has to be a
wonderful experience.”

Another strong effort from Anibal Sanchez has the first-place Atlanta Braves
facing a sudden surplus of starting pitchers.

Sanchez allowed only four hits in seven scoreless innings, Ender Inciarte
homered and scored two runs and the Braves, helped by a strange replay ruling,
beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Thursday night.

The Braves (40-28) moved 12 games over .500 for the first time since ending
the 2013 season on top of the NL East. They haven’t been back to the playoffs
since 2013, but now they’re again leading the division.

Sanchez has won two straight starts. With the emergence of rookie Mike Soroka
and the expected return of Julio Teheran from the DL this weekend, Braves
manager Brian Snitker could soon face difficult decisions in his rotation.

”We’ve got a good problem because we’ve got more starters than we can
probably use right now,” Snitker said. ”That’s something that not a lot of teams
can say. So it’s going to be some tough decisions going forward.”

Sanchez (3-0) did not walk a batter as he earned his first win in six career
starts against San Diego. The 34-year-old right-hander lowered his ERA to 1.93
in seven games Clayton
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spring training following his release from Minnesota.

”He’s been a man on a mission,” catcher Tyler Flowers said.

Sanchez outpitched Tyson Ross (5-4), who allowed only three hits and three
runs in six-plus innings.

Ozzie Albies added a run-scoring double for Atlanta. Inciarte, who singled
and scored in the third, had two hits.

Atlanta led 3-0 before Eric Hosmer’s double off Dan Winkler in the eighth
drove in Jose Pirela and Cory Spangenberg, cutting the lead to one run.

Freddie Freeman doubled and scored on Adam Cimber’s throwing error on
Flowers’ grounder in the bottom of the eighth to cap the scoring.

Arodys Vizcaino pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.

The Padres were upset a video review affirmed the ruling from home plate
umpire Mark Ripperger that Flowers was hit by a pitch from Sanchez in the
seventh. The review lasted 2 minutes, 39 seconds.

Flowers said he told Ripperger he didn’t think he was hit by the pitch.

”The more I thought about it sitting there, and then seeing the replay, I
know it hit something,” Flowers said. ”It might have been me. I don’t know. I
wear so many guards and stuff, it might have been one of those.”

TV replays seemed to show the ball didn’t hit Flowers or his bat.

San Diego manager Andy Green said the call changed the game because Flowers
scored on Inciarte’s groundout against Robbie Erlin.

”In those moments as a manager I’m not even sure why you have
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,” Green said. ”I mean, it’s blatantly obvious it
didn’t hit him. There’s no situation where that hit him and it changed the game.
… Every single way you look at that one they blew it and that cost us.”

Inciarte pulled a pitch from Ross over the first level of right-field seats
and into the open doors of a restaurant in the fifth. It was Inciarte’s fifth
homer and his first since May 15.

Sanchez escaped sixth-inning trouble after the Padres had runners on first
and third with one out, following a double by A.J. Ellis and an infield single
by Pirela. Spangenberg and Hosmer ended the inning with infield popups.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Teheran (right thumb contusion) is on track to come off the DL and start on
Sunday after throwing a bullpen session with no problems. Teheran has been out
since June 5. … Braves OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (left knee sprain) hit before the
game. He is expected to run the bases at a moderate pace on Friday and then give
the knee a more strenuous test on Saturday.

SLOW STARTERS

The Padres fell to 5-18 in series openers this season, the worst mark in the
National League. Despite those poor starts, San Diego has won five straight
series.

RARE WALK

Ross went four innings without a walk before putting Albies on base with two
outs in the fifth. It ended a stretch of 32 innings without a walk for San Diego
pitchers, matching the longest streak in franchise history from July 28-31,
1971.

UP NEXT

Padres: LHP Clayton Richard will start Friday night’s second game of the
series. He is 4-2 with a 3.04 ERA in his last seven starts.

Braves: RHP Brandon McCarthy was announced as Friday night’s starter.


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