Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Friday, March 9th

Mike Minor is coming around nicely this spring.

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

Braves fall to 1-5 in spring with loss to O’s | Atlanta Braves
The young left-hander made his second start of the spring Thursday. He threw three innings and allowed no runs, three hits, one on the infield, and walked two in a game the Braves eventually lost to the Orioles, 2-1. Minor also induced two double-play grounders as he worked on his breaking ball and change-up. "I think he is a different guy in general, after seeing him in September," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "There is a comfort level there. There is a mindset that he belongs."

Minor pleased with latest spring start | News
"The first one looked good on paper or whatever, but this time I felt like I hit more corners, and this isn't their first game," Minor said. "I just felt a lot better out there, a lot more smooth with how the ball was coming out of my hand."

Hanson to make spring debut Sunday | News
Tommy Hanson will make his first start of the spring Sunday in a split-squad game against the Blue Jays after throwing his second live batting practice session Thursday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Hanson threw live batting practice Tuesday for the first time since sustaining a Grade 1 concussion in a one-car accident on Feb. 20, and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Hanson came out of Thursday's session prepared to get back on the mound Sunday.

Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is not worried about a possible sophomore slump. | News
"I just do what I do. I think everybody hears that and then tries to avoid it, and they try to do too much," said Freeman, who finished second behind teammate Craig Kimbrel in last year's National League Rookie of the Year voting. "Obviously I have my own plan, my own hitting ways, and hopefully I can stick to it and try not to do too much this year. Everybody's going to have their ups and downs. I've just got to minimize those downs as much as I can, try to stay consistent and obviously stay healthy."

Beat reporter Mark Bowman chats Braves, Spring Training with fans | News
Braves beat reporter Mark Bowman participated in a live web chat with fans on Thursday. During the chat, he answered questions about rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky, fans' concerns about a lack of offense and whether outfielder Jason Heyward will rebound from a difficult sophomore season.

Hal Bodley: Braves working to put '11 in rear-view | News
"I had made extensive notes of things I wanted to discuss," he said. "But most of the position players were here during the period when it was just supposed to be pitchers and catchers. There were so many we had to set up a special field for them to work out. That told me how much they wanted to rebound."

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