ATLANTA - AUGUST 31: Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Atlanta Braves enters the game to pitch in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field on August 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Braves quotes after Wednesday win over Nationals | Atlanta Braves
Derek Lowe, on hitting first homer at 38 years old: "That was fun, I’m not going to lie to you. I’ve never hit a home run – ever, since I was a Little Leaguer. That’s the first ball I’ve hit over a fence in 38 years of existence. The home runs I’d hit as a kid, they’d just roll and they’d kick it around. But I’ve never hit a ball, ever, over a fence."
Chipper belts homer No. 450 | braves.com: News
Jones is now 34th on the all-time home run list and needs just two more to tie Carl Yastrzemski. He's 12 behind Jose Canseco and 15 behind Dave Winfield. "My grandfather will be crushed when I pass [Yastrzemski]," Jones said. "Huge Red Sox fan. When I was growing up, anytime the Red Sox were on TV, he was all over Yaz. He loved him."
Craig Kimbrel sets rookie record with 41st save | braves.com: News
"I thank my team for playing so well this season," Kimbrel said. "You can't really have this many opportunities on a team that doesn't win. Hopefully, we keep on winning."
Braves make trade to bring back Diaz | ajc.com
"I couldn’t sleep much last night, thinking about what it would be," said Diaz, who was told Tuesday night he would likely be traded, but not which team he might be going to. "Then at 10:30 this morning Central Standard Time, I got the best news I could have imagined. I got on a plane within an hour-and-a-half, I think."
Braves acquire familiar face Matt Diaz from Bucs | braves.com: News
When general manager Frank Wren called Matt Diaz this past offseason to inform him that it didn't appear he would be re-signed, the popular outfielder graciously said, "Don't forget about me." "I'm glad I said that," Diaz said on Wednesday afternoon shortly after carrying his Pirates travel bag into a familiar Turner Field clubhouse, where he was reunited with many of his former Braves teammates.
Braves acquire Jack Wilson for middle infield | ajc.com
"He gives us that middle infielder we’ve been looking for, backup and depth at both second and short and also can play third," Wren said. "We all know what kind of gamer and athlete he is. We’re excited to get him because he really fits in well with the rest of our guys."
Moylan passes back-to-back test | Atlanta Braves
Braves reliever Peter Moylan passed the biggest test of his minor league rehabilitation assignment Wednesday night when he completed his first back-to-back appearance for Triple-A Gwinnett. Moylan pitched a scoreless inning in Norfolk, allowing one walk, one night after striking out all three batters he faced Tuesday night in Durham. Moylan is scheduled to pitch one more time for Gwinnett on Saturday and if all goes well, he’ll return from the disabled list when the Braves open their series in Philadelphia on Monday.
Elbow inflammation lands Sherrill on DL | braves.com: News
"Today's not as important as being ready later," general manager Frank Wren said. "He just needs to rest it and get over it so we can have him in the second half of September and, hopefully, the postseason."
Salazar to join Braves September call-ups | Atlanta Braves
Lynchburg manager Luis Salazar will be among the minor league coaches the Braves reward with a September call-up. He’ll get the sentimental vote, after all he’s been through since losing his left eye in a spring training accident, but that’s not why the decision was made. "When we looked at the guys that who were deserving, he was one of them," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "He’s done a terrific job with that team."