Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves Clippings For Tuesday, July 12th


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

Hanson All-Star snub on Braves' minds  |
"It was very difficult," Bochy said of leaving off Hanson (10-4, 2.44 ERA). "I know how well he’s pitched. I feel awful for this kid, with the season that he’s had. It was just really a tough choice between he and Kimbrel. I think a reliever will benefit us a little bit more. ... I obviously wanted to get some of my guys [Giants pitchers] there. But I do feel bad, because he certainly deserves to be here."

Braves' first-time All-Stars look to McCann  |
"It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing," Venters said during All-Star media day Monday at the swank Arizona Biltmore. "To be here with these guys, it’s an honor to represent the Braves and the National League. I’m pumped about it. I’ve been calling [McCann] about every five minutes, asking what I’m supposed to do. Me and J.J. and Craig have been kind of following his lead."

McCann, ever the perfectionist, takes next All-Star step  |
Three weeks before any All-Star voting update could measure the latest strides Brian McCann has taken in his career, one phone call on the way home from the ballpark summed it up pretty well. The Braves catcher, about to receive his sixth All-Star selection and his first start in Phoenix, received an earful from his big brother. "He got on me," McCann said of Brad McCann, his only brother, best friend, former minor-leaguer for the Florida Marlins and a hitting instructor working with their father. "[He said] ‘What are you doing? You’ve got two homers and one double at the end of the first month.’"

Halladay starts over Jurrjens; Kimbrel’s whirlwind | Atlanta Braves
He said pitching coach Roger McDowell came back to the back of the plane and summoned him to see manager Fredi Gonzalez, who gave him the good news. "I couldn’t tell anybody because we were in the air," said Kimbrel, who called his girlfriend and parents in Hunstville, Ala., when the Braves’ plane touched down in Atlanta. Braves officials had already made plans for his flight to Phoenix, and Kimbrel had to go straight from one terminal to another to make his flight. There was no time to go to his home in Atlanta to get any clothes.

Gartrell cranks out Triple-A Derby win | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
With seven home runs in the final round and 16 total, Gwinnett outfielder Stefan Gartrell slugged his way to victory at the 2011 Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday night. The Braves outfield prospect didn't expect to even reach the finals, but the most unexpected part of Gartrell's evening at the plate turned out to be his competition, 17-year-old high school junior Kayden Porter.

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