Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Tuesday, September 6th

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

Braves quotes after Monday loss to Phillies | Atlanta Braves
Fredi Gonzalez, Is Lowe’s inconsistency a concern? "Not really. You wish a better outcome for him all the time. But for me, he’s always a pitch a way here, you make a play there… If we make a play there, Martin comes up with that ball and Gonzo with that in-betweener, he gives you six, seven solid innings. That’s the way it seems to be going when it doesn’t go good for him, that type of thing." "The good thing tonight was, we got Peter in the game, get him back in there, that’s a positive, and we’ll go on to tomorrow."

Sickness sidelines surging Chipper | Atlanta Braves
Chipper Jones was out of the Braves lineup with flu-like symptoms for Monday’s series opener against the Phillies. The third baseman said he didn’t feel good during Sunday’s game against the Dodgers, and felt worse Monday. "I’ll try to get back in there tomorrow," he said. "You can afford yourself a day off. If it was a two- or three-game lead in the wild card, I’d have played."

Moylan perfect in return from back surgery | News
"You wish for a better outcome, but for me, personally and selfishly, it could have been the seventh game of the World Series with the amount of adrenaline I had going," Moylan said. "It's nice to get through an inning and feel like you're back."

Diaz doing what the Braves needed him to do | News
When the Braves acquired Matt Diaz from the Pirates last week, they believed that he would help lessen some of their struggles against left-handed pitchers. And by recording a pair of singles against southpaw Clayton Kershaw in Sunday's win over the Dodgers, Diaz showed he is capable of handling this role. "That's Matty," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We all know what he can do."

Braves' Hanson progressing; Jurrjens still 2 weeks from mound work  |
Jurrjens flew to Colorado over the weekend for a second opinion on his injured right knee from Dr. Richard Steadman, who concurred with the original diagnosis of a bone bruise and no other structural damage. However, Jurrjens said he was advised not to throw off a mound for another two weeks, which would make it difficult for the right-hander to prepare and show he’s ready for the first round of the playoffs that starts Oct. 1.

Uggla on doorstep of exclusive club | News
Dan Uggla has already set an Atlanta record with a 33-game hitting streak and extended his Major League record for second basemen with a fifth 30-homer season. But while he is known for his power, he is also two infield hits away from joining a rare group. With two more infield hits, Uggla will become just the 43rd player in Major League history to record 30 homers and 20 infield hits since 1987, when the infield single was recognized as an official stat. The only other Braves to accomplish this are Andruw Jones (1998 and 2000), Ron Gant (1990 and 1993) and Gary Sheffield (2003).

Unsung O'Flaherty pitches with conviction  |
Eric O’Flaherty? The understated third member of the Braves’ bullpen trio, who is so integral to their success, has a 92-mph sinking fastball, slider and ... "He’s got some ...," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, hesitating, not wanting to say the word he was thinking. "Guts?" he was asked. "Yeah," Gonzalez said, smiling. "He doesn’t rattle out there. Same thing with Jonny. They don’t panic."

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