Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Thursday, August 25th

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

Braves quotes after Wednesday loss to Cubs | Atlanta Braves
Fredi Gonzalez, on Derek Lowe: "He was outstanding. Gives up the home run to Soriano, and we kind of make him work a little extra there. I think he threw 40 pitches in that [second] inning. But for him to go seven innings and keep us in the ballgame, that was big. That was really, really big."

Gonzalez gives Constanza extra day to rest | News
About an hour before the Braves began batting practice Wednesday, Jose Constanza sat outside the dugout wearing his batting gloves and seeming determined to play a game. But Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he decided to give Constanza at least one more day to rest. The speedy outfielder suffered a minor right ankle sprain during Monday night's series opener against the Cubs.

Jurrjens focuses on mechanics to aid command | News
While playing long toss in the outfield at Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon, Jair Jurrjens was doing more than simply attempting to build arm strength. As he went through the exercise with pitching coach Roger McDowell at his side, the Braves right-handed pitcher was focusing on his mechanics. Instead of simply throwing the ball from center field to left field, Jurrjens was concentrating on stepping toward his target and keeping his front side closed as he completed his follow through. He believes some of his recent struggles have been a product of inconsistent command created by some mechanical flaws in his delivery.

Overpowering Kimbrel matches rookie saves record  |
The baby-faced flamethrower converted his 40th save Tuesday in a 5-4 win against the Chicago Cubs, matching the major league rookie saves record set last season by Neftali Feliz of the Texas Rangers. Kimbrel has not given up a run, earned or otherwise, in more than two months, and led the majors in saves and strikeouts for relievers with an astounding 103 in 62 2/3 innings.

Irene may alter Braves' Sunday game in NYC | News
With Hurricane Irene making its way up the East Coast, Braves union representative David Ross said there have been some early discussions about the possibility of not playing the Mets at Citi Field on Sunday.

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