Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves Clippings For Saturday, July 16th

The Braves franchise picked up its 10,000th win on Friday night.

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

Braves quotes after 10,000th franchise win | Atlanta Braves
Martin Prado, on whether he was confident hits would come despite rehab numbers: "Rehabbing I was taking some pitches and I wasn’t worried about hitting the ball. I was trying to get my strike zone and have an idea and a plan. But tonight I was, OK, I’ve got to be more aggressive. I’ve got Schafer at second (in first at-bat), I got a good pitch to hit and I hit it to somebody but you can’t control that. After that I had pretty good at-bats."

Braves' 10,000th win is a 10-run rout  |
When the Braves scored four runs in the first inning Friday night, the odds of getting the 10,000th win in franchise history increased considerably – especially with Tim Hudson on the mound.

The numbers behind the Braves' 10,000 wins | News
100% So which manager has the best all-time winning percentage? That honor goes to Vern Benson, who managed and won just one game in 1977. When Dave Bristol was fired, owner Ted Turner took over for one game before Commissioner Bowie Kuhn ordered him to relinquish his duties. That's when Benson managed his one game before Bristol was rehired.

Ross likely to catch Hudson until September | News
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez toyed with the idea of having David Ross serve as Jair Jurrjens' personal catcher earlier this year. Since ditching that idea, he has decided that it's best to pair Ross with Tim Hudson for at least the next six weeks.

Moylan plays catch, remains on schedule | News
Reliever Peter Moylan played catch during Thursday's light workout at Turner Field and remains on target to the return to the club in August. "Every moment I get, I pick up a ball and practice my grips," Moylan said. "Today was nice to be able to let some go."

Chipper tests knee for first time since surgery | News
Testing the knee for the first time since Dr. Marvin Royster repaired a torn meniscus via a surgical procedure last Saturday, Jones ran about 10 40-yard sprints at 50 percent, took about 25 swings off a tee left-handed, fielded some grounders hit directly at him and played catch. "It was sore. I got that heavy-leg feeling like my right leg was five pounds heavier than my left leg, which is normal," Jones said. "The big thing will be how it responds tomorrow."

Braves third in MLB popularity poll  |
The Braves, who called themselves "America’s Team" in the heyday of their telecasts on Ted Turner’s superstation, are the third most popular team in Major League Baseball four years after TBS quit televising their games across the country, according to a nationwide Harris Poll released this week. The New York Yankees are the most popular team and the Boston Red Sox No. 2, according to the annual poll. The Braves topped the poll for seven consecutive years in the 1990s. Since 2003, they have ranked second or third each year.

Q&A with Braves general manager Frank Wren  |
Q: If Jordan Schafer and Nate McLouth do a little more, might that influence your decision?
A: Sure. And we need (Jason) Heyward and (Dan) Uggla to do what they've been doing recently, to continue to bounce back from their first halves. All those things are positive signs we were seeing in the last couple weeks. If those continue as they were, our team will be fine. We just need to fine-tune some things.

As innings mount, Vizcaino moved to ‘pen | Atlanta Braves
The Braves are moving elite pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino from starting rotation to the bullpen at Double-A Mississippi, but not because they plan to make him a reliever. Braves general manager Frank Wren said the Braves want to limit Vizcaino’s innings in the second half of the season, since he’s already pitching more innings (87) in 17 starts than he pitched in any of his first three minor league seasons

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