Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Sunday, April 8th

Mike Minor hopes to get the Braves into the win column for the first time in 2012.

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

Braves quotes after Saturday’s loss to Mets | Atlanta Braves
"We just can’t string anything together, it seems like. We get a couple of hits here, we get a double play ball. Jason hits a triple [after double play] that would have scored a run. They’ll come. The at-bats are getting good. We had first and second there in the ninth inning against the closer. We just need to keep the line moving a little bit."

Atlanta Braves at New York Mets - April 7, 2012 | MLB.com ATL Recap
"Nobody is by no means panicking or worrying about [if we are on track]," Heyward said. "We're going to the plate, trying to put up a good [at-bat] and get a good pitch to hit. The first two games, it hasn't happened."

Braves struggles against lefties begin anew in 2012 | Atlanta Braves
And until they prove otherwise, these Braves, with virtually the same lineup they finished with in 2011, are still the team that finished last in the majors in average (.229) and OBP (.291) against lefties, and last in the NL in slugging percentage (.354) and OPS (.645) against lefties.

Notes: Chipper back this week; Hanson to start fifth game | Atlanta Braves
Jones is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, when the Braves play the second game of a three-game series at Houston. The home opener is Friday against Milwaukee. "Definitely the home opener, based on [Friday’s] workout," Gonzalez said, "and maybe even sooner than that. We’ll see what happens in the next couple of days with him."

Hanson to pitch on regular rest Tuesday | braves.com: News
"We wanted him to go on his normal day," Gonzalez said. "But we were waiting to hear from him today, because it's different than pitching in Spring Training. You've got the Opening Day jitters and all of that. But he said, 'I'm not even sore.'"

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