Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Friday, May 25th

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

Braves quotes after being swept in 4 at Cincy | Atlanta Braves
Fredi Gonzalez, on replacing Delgado with Medlen, bases loaded and one out: "I just thought the inning unraveled a little bit on him, right from the very beginning on the leadoff check swing that could have gone either way on Phillips, then a wild pitch, and then … it just got out of hand. Tough position to put Medlen in, with no wiggle room. He got a ball out over the plate and he hit it out for a home run."

Slumping Braves get slammed and swept at Cincinnati | Atlanta Braves
"Obviously I expected to go in there and throw one pitch and get out of it with a double play, but I fell behind and had to go at him," said Medlen, who gave it up on a 2-and-0 fastball. "I feel bad for Randall. You hate to go in there and give up someone else’s runs with the bases loaded. But like I said, I fell behind and had to go after him."

Reds honor Chipper before series finale | braves.com: News
The Reds honored Braves third baseman Chipper Jones before Thursday's series finale with a commemorative base and a video tribute to the Braves' future Hall of Famer. The teams have played every game this four-game series with the commemorative bases, which feature Jones' name, his uniform No. 10 and logos of the Reds and Braves on the side.

Hinske makes start for Freeman at first | braves.com: News
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Freeman had trouble picking up a throw from shortstop Tyler Pastornicky on Wednesday night. "He flinched and couldn't catch it," said Gonzalez. "He came in after the game really frustrated. This was a ball right to the chest. It's like when somebody throws you a ball and it startles you but you catch it anyway. That's the way he caught it. After the game he said he couldn't see the ball and was having trouble."

McCann misses third straight game with flu | braves.com: News
The flu bug has hit the Braves hard, as catcher Brian McCann sat out a third straight game on Thursday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said McCann's condition is worse than it had been the previous two days and that reserve Matt Diaz is also feeling the effects.

Chipper frustrated by slow healing of nasty contusion | Atlanta Braves
"I don’t know what to tell you," said Jones, who missed his sixth consecutive start since being struck just above the ankle by a one-hop grounder Friday at Tampa Bay. "I figured I would be back playing in no more than three or four days. Feeling the way I do today, I think it’s going to be a little bit yet."

Venters OK after taking line drive off leg | braves.com: News
"It's not too bad at all," Venters said. "Apparently I've got to hit it off of me or the other team to get anybody out. But I feel fine."

Ex Braves manager Bobby Cox humbled by Selma - Sports - fresnobee.com
The former Atlanta Braves manager made a rare hometown appearance Thursday at the annual Selma Athletic Hall of Fame banquet, posing for pictures, signing autographs and catching up with with old friends at the Spike & Rail Restaurant. Cox, 71, actually was inducted last year but couldn't attend. The 1959 Selma High graduate said it was his first visit to Selma in a decade.

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