Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Tuesday, May 8th

A foggy, and forgetful, night at Wrigley.

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

Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs - May 7, 2012 | MLB.com ATL Recap
But with [Tommy Hanson's] fastball still consistently sitting around 89-90 mph and only maxing out at 92 mph in the first two innings, the 25-year-old hurler still lacks the dominant form after he arrived on the Major League scene as the game's top pitching prospect midway through the 2009 season.

Two mistakes for Hanson, Braves lose to Cubs | Atlanta Braves
The offensive eruption that carried the Braves to a sweep at Colorado was reduced to a fizzle Monday night at Wrigley Field, which made a couple of mistakes by Tommy Hanson especially costly.

Braves quotes after Monday loss to Cubs | Atlanta Braves
Fredi Gonzalez, on Jeff Samardzija: "We’d seen the video of him, it’s 94-95 [mph] with movement. And then today he had the secondary pitches that he threw for strikes, had a lot of swings and misses. But still we felt pretty good, had a good chance, first and second there, ‘Ski had a helluva at-bat and lined out. One-run ballgame, you figure you can get to their bullpen a little bit and it’s a little different story." "Marmol kind of wiggled out of one. I couldn’t tell how hard Freeman hit his ball [with runners on] first and second. And that was it. We couldn’t do much after that."

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez quickly ejected after warnings issued | braves.com: News
"To this day, I still haven't argued," Gonzalez said. "I just asked for an explanation. I said, 'Why would you think we're throwing at people in a one-run game or that they are throwing at people in a one-run game?' It's not like it's a 10-run game or something. I was talking to him like I'm talking to you right here and I got thrown out of the game. "It might be his first ejection as a Major League umpire. I never raised my voice or anything. I just asked him what he was thinking about there."

Hudson disagrees with Hamels' decision | braves.com: News
"Don't hate him because [Harper is] pretty hyped up," Hudson said. "He hadn't done anything to disrespect anybody. He's got some flare. But just about every kid now when they get called up just about does. It goes back to the whole travel-ball era. The kids now are treated like big leaguers when they are 12 [years old] or when they hit their first homer. I like the way he plays. He plays hard."

Jurrjens making strides, but return not in sight | braves.com: News
Statistically, Jair Jurrjens has impressed during the two starts he has made since being sent to Triple-A Gwinnett. But the Braves will need to see more from the former All-Star pitcher before they can confidently bring him back. "It wasn't like he was going down on a rehab assignment or something," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's, without making it sound cruel, he's a Minor League player right now. He's doing his part. Hopefully, that continues."

Braves' Teheran looks like his old self | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
"I was working on trying to have better command on every pitch and trying to throw a lot of strikes," Teheran said though translator Ernesto Mejia. "I threw a lot of strikes and that helped out a lot. I was mixing pitches, offspeed and my fastball. I was feeling really good."

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