Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings, May The Fourth Be With You

May the Fourth be with you.

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

Braves quotes after Thursday’s 4-0 loss to Phillies | Atlanta Braves
Fredi Gonzalez, on Delgado: "He deserved a better fate than what he got. The only ball they hit hard for me was the home run. He pitched great. He gave us every opportunity to win the ball game and we didn’t. And Blanton did a nice job for them."

Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves - May 3, 2012 | MLB.com ATL Recap
"I'm proud of him," catcher David Ross said. "He pounded the strike zone and got ahead of the hitters, which he has had trouble doing at times."

Delgado bounces back, but Braves’ bats do not | Atlanta Braves
"You can’t ask for anything more," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Delgado. "I guess the only thing you can ask for is a complete game shutout. But he did his part. He really did. I feel bad he goes out and gives you that performance [without a win]."

Braves' progress won't matter until they can beat Phillies | Jeff Schultz
"Somebody said at the beginning of the series that this is a rivalry," Jones said after the loss Thursday. "It’s not a rivalry until we beat them and beat them consistently, and we go back and forth — you know, we win the division one year, they win it the next. That’s not the case. They’re clearly on top. We’ve got a ways to go. Can we play with them? Yeah. Can we beat them? Yeah. We just have to go out and do it consistently."

Phillies get to back end of Braves bullpen | Atlanta Braves
"You look at Kimbrel’s stuff – it’s walk, stolen base and three groundballs on the infield," Gonzalez said. "So it’s nothing to be panicky about. Same thing with Venters the night before. A couple of bloop singles. (With O’Flaherty) I think so much is expected from him with 0.98 ERA that he gives up two runs, it’s ‘What’s the matter with him?’ I think he’s fine."

All hands on deck for Braves in marathon win | braves.com: News
If the game had gone to the 12th, the Braves were ready to use Randall Delgado -- Thursday's starter -- and turn to either Livan Hernandez or Cristhian Martinez in the series finale.

McCann feeling fine after being poked in eye | braves.com: News
"It was just in the moment," said McCann, who was able to remain in the game after getting eye drops. "I'll take that every day to get a grand slam."

Braves attempting to save Chipper's momentos | braves.com: News
Braves assistant clubhouse and team travel manager Chris Van Zant is trying to collect all of Chipper Jones' home run balls during the future Hall of Famer's farewell season. The one Jones hit on Wednesday was one Van Zant had to get.

Mariano Rivera tears ACL during freak injury in batting practice | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
The New York Yankees will go on without all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera, who twisted his right knee in a freak injury during batting practice Thursday, tearing his ACL and meniscus. Rivera, who is 42 years old and hadn't been on the disabled list in nine years, likely will miss the rest of the season because of the recovery time involved.

Let's hope Chipper can avoid this kind of exit.

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