Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Monday, May 21st

David Ross comes through big-time in Braves win.

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

Atlanta Braves at Tampa Bay Rays - May 20, 2012 | ATL Recap
"I felt pretty good in the 'pen with it, and then I was just locating down in the zone, [keeping] them off balance. Cutters, curveballs, not much of a secret, try to make pitches down," said Hudson, who produced 14 ground-ball outs over his 99-pitch outing. "Just trying to keep those guys behind me in the game with some action. Usually we're ok, [we] had a little luck."

Braves win behind Hudson gem, Tampa Bay blunder | Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson won a pitchers’ duel with All-Star David Price and got support in the form of a home run from old pal David Ross. But the most important play in Sunday’s 2-0 win against Tampa Bay turned out to be a baserunning mistake by the Rays, for which the Braves felt fortunate. With the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning, and Jonny Venters’ command faltering, Luke Scott’s hard-hit grounder struck Rays baserunner Carlos Pena in the leg as he ran toward second base. Pena was called out and the Braves, having avoided a potential game-changing moment, held on for the win to take the interleague series 2-1.

Braves quotes after Sunday’s win over Rays | Atlanta Braves
David Ross, what pitch were you looking for and what’d you get (on homer)? "I was looking for a heater. I mean, he throws so hard you’ve got to respect his heater. He throws 97 [mph], it moves all over the place. He’s a tough pitcher to face, but he’s a little easier for righties, I would say, than lefties. His ball moves so much. I was looking for something hard and he just threw a little backdoor slider and I got good barrel on it. I don’t go opposite field too much, but I just caught it deep, real late. Just kind of threw my hands on it and it got good barrel."

Hudson has good chemistry with Ross, Wilson | News
"I like it like this because you play [Tyler Pastornicky] and you develop him," Gonzalez said. "You play Jack, you give Tyler a breather, keep Jack fresh. And you know you're going to get a lot of ground balls with Huddy. It's a good mix."

Chipper remains day to day | News
"He's walking around better," Gonzalez said. "Hopefully, [he can play on Monday] and maybe even Tuesday. It's going to be something it may be for two months, he's going to have to wear a protector for at least ... two months."

Freeman’s eyes are dry and first-pitch swings fruitful | Atlanta Braves
Freeman swung at the first pitch just over 48 percent of the time (84 of 174) before Sunday, more frequently than any major leaguer except Texas slugger Josh Hamilton (56 percent). "I’ve always done that," Freeman said. "I’m a guy who, regardless of the count if it’s a strike, I swing. I’m not up there looking for a certain pitch or anything. I put my [front] foot down [and am ready to swing]. Usually the first pitch is the best pitch because they’re just trying to get to strike 1."

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