Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves Clippings for Wednesday, June 22nd

Mike Minor finally managed to pick up his first win in 2011 with a good performance against the Blue Jays.

Your one-page daily morning overview of Atlanta Braves news.

Braves postgame quotes following Tuesday’s win over Toronto | Atlanta Braves
Mike Minor: "Last week it wasn’t that I was trying to throw to too many spots, I was trying to throw for strikes. This week was a lot better to go through fifth inning and sixth and seventh. Just throwing to the batters, not trying to walk anybody, throwing to contact."

Teammates enjoy Hudson's home run trot | braves.com: News
Chipper Jones smirked and chuckled when asked to describe how Tim Hudson reacted after hitting a two-run homer and allowing two hits over eight-plus scoreless innings in Monday's 2-0 win over the Blue Jays. "He was so basking in his glory last night," Jones said. "He milked that homer for every second that he possibly could."

Braves call on Lugo for veteran presence at shortstop | Atlanta Braves
"Some of the guys we’ve been trying are younger players," said Gonzalez, referring to Hernandez and Brandon Hicks. "I think that role fits more of a veteran guy, a guy who has played shortstop at the big league level and been successful at the major league level."

Minor picks up first win in 2011 in victory over Toronto  | ajc.com
"He moved the ball in. He moved the ball out. He sank it. He cut it and changed speeds," Jones said. "He’s got good enough stuff when he does that to dominate, and he did. He made a couple mistakes in the first inning to a couple left-handers up. Other than that he didn’t make any mistakes.

Players lead skills clinic for Junior Braves | braves.com: News
Held at the Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls club in Decatur, Ga., 100 kids participated as Kimbrel taught fielding, Venters taught pitching and Conrad taught hitting. "It was fun. For a lot of the kids, it was their first time," Kimbrel said. "You could tell they hadn't played a lot. But we just interacted with them. I think they enjoyed that more than the baseball stuff itself."

Toronto Blue Jays at Atlanta Braves - June 22, 2011 | MLB.com Preview
Overall, Beachy is hitless in 14 at-bats this season. He has struck out nine times. "I think I've solidified myself as one of the worst hitters in all of baseball," he said, "[with] my 0-fer the season so far and my oblique injury coming at the plate. I'm just trying to earn a little bit of respect around here by maybe a hard lineout or something like that."

Who is Juan Abreu? : Scouting the Sally
After popping 95 multiple times on the stadium gun, I rushed back to my seat behind home plate to catch a few radar gun readings and figure out who was on the mound. 26-year old Juan Abreu turned out to be the guilty party throwing the 9th in a non-save situation. And while he was wild, his final sequence of the game was a real eye opener. On three consecutive fastballs, Abreu pumped 97 MPH, 98 MPH, 97 MPH before dropping a wicked slurve to end the game.

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