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Postgame quotes following Braves Friday night win over Mets | Atlanta Braves
Chipper Jones on if booing fires him up: "They’ve always provided me incentive to try and make left turns at first base instead of rights. I thought (Jonathon) Niese threw a great game, really didn’t make any mistakes until that last inning. Our guys hung in there and put a good rally together against K-Rod, which was nice to see. Any number bigger then three or four runs for us is really good right now, and we saved our best for last."
Schafer could be out with broken nose — updated | Atlanta Braves
"He had an X-Ray and really you don’t know," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after the game. "He’s doing a CT scan right now to make sure everything is OK. I won’t have an official update until tomorrow."
Schafer exits after fouling ball off lip | braves.com: News
"He tried to bunt for a base hit, and the ball chased him pretty good," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It caught him in the cheek area, I think. He never lost consciousness."
Fredi not threatened by collisions at plate | braves.com: News
"I want him to give us an opportunity to win a game," Gonzalez said. "If that's by blocking the plate, then I want him to block the plate. I think athletes understand that. I don't think you can tell athletes to go 50 percent. He's got to look at the other 24 guys in that locker room."
Dominant Kimbrel cementing closer status | braves.com: News
While notching 17 of 21 save opportunities, Kimbrel has limited opponents to a .219 batting average and posted 43 strikeouts. His 42 strikeouts entering Friday were six more than any other Major League reliever.
Venters is a star in waiting for Braves | MLB.com: News
Braves catcher Brian McCann told ESPN.com the following about Venters' ability in his second Major League season to zip pitches with his left hand: "His sinker is probably the toughest ball I've ever had to catch. That's a 96-97 mile-an-hour bowling ball that just falls off the table. I've never caught a sinker like that. "He throws a 97 mile-an-hour sinker that legitimately looks like a right-handed slider. I can't tell you how many guys last year faced him for the first time, looked at me and said, 'Where'd you get THIS guy from?'"
Revisiting the Mets and Braves Rivalry | NJ.com
So, as this weekend's series between the two teams begins, I thought it would be fun to take a trip back and revisit a few of the characters and moments from that brief but memorable Mets/Braves rivalry. Don't worry; I will leave the Kenny Rogers moments out of this post (Ouch...It still hurts).
Minor League Notes, June 3rd, 2011 - Minor League Ball
Another Double-A right-hander to track closely is Paul Clemens of the Atlanta Braves, currently 4-1, 2.08 in 10 starts for Mississippi, with a 53/25 K/BB in 61 innings and just 41 hits allowed. A seventh-round pick in 2008 from Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina, Clemens has some command issues to work through, but has good stuff, including a fastball that hits 95 on his best days and a very good curve. Development of a better changeup will determine if he is a starter or reliever in the long run. He has been very consistent this year, allowing two runs or less in eight of his ten starts.