Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Thursday, April 12th

Randall Delgado battled his way through a good start yesterday.

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

Chipper feeling good, starts series finale | braves.com: News
"When is the last time you ever saw me stretching in the clubhouse?" Jones asked as he stretched in front of two reporters who have covered him for more than a decade. "I can tell you. You've never seen it." Moments later, Eric Hinske walked by, looked at Jones and said, "What are you doing -- are you stretching?"

Braves quotes after Wednesday’s win over Astros | AJC Braves
David Ross: "I was nervous today. I was in the bathroom a lot today with all the nerves." "It felt good. It felt good to help the team win. It’s always nervewracking when you haven’t played in a while. This was kind of like my opening day – a lot of excitement, a lot of nerves, a lot of adrenaline. It was fun to get in there and get some hits. Randall did a great job. It was fun catching him. Our bullpen did great, as usual."

Atlanta Braves at Houston Astros - April 11, 2012 | MLB.com ATL Recap
"I thought Delgado gave us everything we were looking for," Gonzalez said. "He hadn't pitched in seven or eight days and we weren't going to push him over 100 pitches. He gave us a nice outing."

After brutal start, Braves end trip with back-to-back wins | AJC Braves
"Win a series, go into your home opener [after] winning two games in a row — it’s a good feeling for us," said Heyward, who also had two RBIs, a stolen base and scored on a Jack Wilson suicide squeeze bunt.

Pastornicky’s off to good start | AJC Braves
"[Hitting coach] Greg [Walker] asked me what’s the hardest thing to do in the National League, and I said to hit eighth," Gonzalez said. "And we’re asking a young rookie to hit eighth. There’s times where you’ve got to draw a walk, there’s times where you have to go after pitches out of the strike zone with people on base, because you’ve got the pitcher behind you. From that respect he’s done terrific. We couldn’t ask for anything more."

Hinske after Chipper homer: "It can’t be that easy!" | AJC Braves
When Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer in the third inning Tuesday, after going directly from the disabled list into the lineup without a rehab assignment, Braves veteran Eric Hinske went to the top step and shouted to him as Jones rounded the bases, "It can’t be that easy!"

Hanson's velocity up, but not at 2011's level | braves.com: News
Hanson has been toying with a two-seam fastball grip that Kris Medlen showed him. His hope is to simply add another pitch to his arsenal. But an American League scout who watched Tuesday night's game echoed the sentiments of two Major League scouts, who said they saw very little sink with any of the fastballs he threw on Opening Day. Hanson's inability to consistently command his fastball on Tuesday led him to throw a high percentage of breaking balls.

Murphy to join Braves' TV booth as analyst | braves.com: News
After spending two weeks being introduced to the broadcasting side of baseball during Spring Training, Dale Murphy said he was hoping to spend some more time behind the microphone this summer. Many Braves fans will be delighted to know Murphy will receive his wish. The two-time National League MVP will provide analysis during at least 14 Braves games this year. His first assignment with the Fox Sports South broadcast team will come on Sunday afternoon, when he calls the series finale against the Brewers with Joe Simpson and Chip Caray.

Hillcats off to franchise-best 5-0 start | New Era Progress
With the temperature dipping into the low 40s by the end of the game, batters from both teams shattered bats left and right. There weren’t many broken bats in the top of the ninth, though, because the Red Sox could barely make contact with Lynchburg closer Juan Jaime, who struck out the side on 14 pitches to record his first save. Jaime is two years removed from Tommy John surgery and is an intriguing prospect for the Braves. He spent five years in the Nationals organization but had not pitched in 2010 or 2011. He lost weight in the offseason and spent much of the spring working with the Braves’ Double-A team in Mississippi. Mike Alvarez, the M-Braves’ pitching coach, spent a lot of time with Jaime and shared some tips with Botelho to help keep Jaime on track. Jaime’s fastball was consistently at 95 mph or above Wednesday and touched 97 on one occasion.

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