Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Saturday, August 20th

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

Chipper ends speculation: "I’m playing next year" | Atlanta Braves
Chipper Jones said he will return to play for the Braves in 2012, ending speculation that the 39-year-old third baseman might retire after this season and walk away with a year left on his contract. "I’m playing next year," he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday. "I still feel like I can go out there and play a good third base and be a threat, at least, at the plate. I’m having a good defensive year, and the [batting] average is on the rise."

Braves quotes after Friday win against D’backs | Atlanta Braves
Fredi Gonzalez: "We always preach win series, and we won a nice series against the Giants. Now we’ve got a chance to do this against the Diamondbacks and then go on. But today is over, just worry about tomorrow."

Minor making the most of his callup | braves.com: News
"If they do have that confidence in me to make extra starts, that's huge for my ego," Minor said. "Right now I am a fill-in. Those guys [went] on the DL, and I came up to make a start. Whether [Gonzalez] says that or not, he's just being nice. I feel like I'm doing a good job, but I'm still a fill-in."

Constanza hits second as Prado rests | braves.com: News
"I'm sure he's probably led off most of his career in the Minor Leagues," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "But I think he can handle [hitting second]. Those guys are fine." "Those guys" was in reference to Constanza and his speedy outfield counterpart, leadoff hitter Michael Bourn. Their 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup on Friday marks the first time the duo has hit back to back since Constanza hit ninth after Bourn's arrival at the beginning of August.

Streaking, dominant Kimbrel closing in on Feliz | Atlanta Braves
With Craig Kimbrel’s 37th save of the season Thursday night against the Giants, he moved just four away from breaking Neftali Feliz’s major league record for saves in a season by a rookie. He’s got Feliz in his sights now and doesn’t mind saying it’s a goal. "If I get that chance it’s good, it means we’re playing winning baseball," Kimbrel said Friday afternoon. "I don’t see why I wouldn’t because we are winning. I don’t want to blow any saves so…"

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