Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Friday, August 26th

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Braves quotes after Thursday win against Cubs | Atlanta Braves
Fredi Gonzalez, on Beachy and the win: "He was very good. He got in a little trouble in the one inning where they came back and scored, but he was really good. First and third there with two outs, facing Marlon Byrd after he’s got a home run earlier in the game, was a huge out. And we were able to add on some runs. That was good for us."

Hurricane Irene could impact Braves-Mets series | Atlanta Braves
When the Braves’ team charter flight took off Thursday night from Chicago bound for New York, they still had not been notified of any schedule change for their weekend series against the Mets. Hurricane Irene’s potential impact on the Northeast had already led Major League Baseball to announce that two scheduled Sunday games –Florida at Philadelphia and Oakland at Boston — would be moved to Saturday as part of day-night doubleheaders. But the Braves-Mets series finale Sunday afternoon at Citi Field had not been rescheduled, and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez thought they might wait to make it up later, if necessary.

Dempster on Chipper: Best fastball hitter I ever faced | Atlanta Braves
"I always remember he was the best fastball hitter I ever played against, and he still is," said Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, who held Jones to a single in three at-bats Monday. "I mean, you can maybe get one [fastball] by him. But if you just sit there and try to throw heaters by him, he’s going to end up whacking it, like it he did last night "He’s still a professional hitter and he’s just so smart. He knows what guys are doing in situations, who’s throwing strikes and who’s not. So his experience, with his continued ability … as we get older, all of us, our tools aren’t quite what they used to be, but your experien

Rested Chipper continues thriving at plate | News
Since returning to the lineup on Aug. 6, Jones has seemingly found the fountain of youth. The 39-year-old third baseman has hit .407 with four homers, a .431 on-base percentage and a .685 slugging percentage in 15 games this month. During this span, he has improved his batting average from .258 to .281.

Hanson heads to Atlanta for further evaluation | News
Hoping to relieve some of his recent frustration and gain more clarity regarding his ailing right shoulder, the Braves sent Tommy Hanson back to Atlanta on Thursday to allow their doctors to further evaluate him. "He's frustrated and he wants to pitch," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "But he says it doesn't feel right."

The Braves are in a pennant race that's really more of a stroll | Mark Bradley
It’s weird: The Braves are playing well and we’re about to head into September, which is supposed to be an exciting month, and yet the final weeks of the regular season figure to be just another round of exhibition games. The Braves lead San Fran by more than they trail Philadelphia. They’re getting in. Philly’s getting in. Milwaukee’s getting in.

Sharp Flande hurls six hitless frames | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
Flande took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Thursday en route to his eighth win as Triple-A Gwinnett beat Norfolk, 4-1, at Coolray Field. He allowed a run on a hit and four walks, striking out five, over six frames.

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