Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Thursday, September 8th

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

Braves quotes after Wednesday loss to Phillies | Atlanta Braves
Chipper Jones, on the loss: "They scored a run off the strength of our ballclub. Nine times out of 10, sometimes more than that, the game’s over. Polanco hit a good pitch. Nothing you can do about it. Got to tip your cap. They won it there in the ninth. Again, you can’t walk away from it thinking that you played bad or you gave it to them. Nothing like that. They just beat us in a really good ballgame." "We’ll take our spanking and try to win a doubleheader tomorrow in New York."

Brandon Beachy sets Braves rookie strikeout record | News
Brandon Beachy set an Atlanta rookie mark with his 140th strikeout of the season on Wednesday night in the Braves' 3-2 loss to the Phillies. The record-breaking strikeout came against shortstop Michael Martinez in the third inning at Citizens Bank Park. Beachy broke the record Jair Jurrjens set with 139 strikeouts in his rookie season in 2008. Since 1900, the only Braves rookie pitcher to notch more strikeouts was Irv Young, who recorded 156 strikeouts in 1905.

Braves being cautious with Freeman | News
For the second time this week, Freddie Freeman was given the night off, but this time it had more to do with the fact that the rookie played in Tuesday night's game, which ended just past midnight ET, than the left hip flexor he's been battling. "We got out of here around 2:15 or 2:20 [in the morning]," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "There were a couple of plays last night that concerned me. One was a stretch, and then the last ground ball up the middle in his last at-bat, he just didn't run real well. "He says he's fine. I believe him, and I trust him, but you also have to use your better judgment."

Hanson could throw 'pen session this weekend | News
"I know the [Braves] want to play it a little bit on the safer side, but I don't see a problem, with how I felt today, throwing a side on Friday," Hanson said. Hanson has made steady strides since gaining some peace of mind last week, when Dr. James Andrews told him that the discomfort in his right shoulder is a product of normal wear and tear.

Braves have a smart thief in Bourn | News
"Michael Bourn is up there, really up there [with the best basestealers in the game]," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Because he doesn't just steal bases. You have guys that run just to get the numbers -- you know what I mean. He's very smart. He studies the other pitchers, he monitors the timing -- everybody does -- but he's really focused on when he can go. If he doesn't like the time, he's not going to go."

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