Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Thursday, June 21st

It was a hot one yesterday at Yankee Stadium.

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

Atlanta Braves at New York Yankees - June 20, 2012 | ATL Recap
"We're really, really good when Jason Heyward is swinging the bat this well," Braves catcher David Ross said. "You're talking about having him in the sixth or seventh hole when Chipper [Jones] is in there. We're really, really deep, and I would hate to be the opposing catcher trying to call a game when Jason Heyward and those guys are swinging the bat well."

Braves hit five HRs (two by J-Hey) in 10-5 win over Yankees | Atlanta Braves
To illustrate how skillfully Jason Heyward has handled all manner of pitches lately, Braves teammate Freddie Freeman pointed not just to the two-run homer Heyward hit on a slider from Yankees left-hander Boone Logan in the eighth inning Tuesday, but a pitch he fouled off on an earlier at-bat. "He’s fouling off pitches — I think he fouled off a ball on the [at-bat] where he struck out that seemed to be this far [about two feet] outside," Freeman said, shaking his head. "He’s reaching everything. When he gets it in the strike zone, like he did with Logan, he’s going to do damage with it no matter what the pitch is, no matter what side it’s from."

Braves quotes after Wednesday’s win vs. Yankees | Atlanta Braves
David Ross, on the heat, in the high 90s today: "I don’t know if it’s my age or what, but it was one of the hottest ones I’ve ever been a part of. These dugouts here, this new facility was a saving grace. They have air conditioning in the dugouts, which wasn absolute life saver for me. I don’t know if I would have made it through."

Chipper: Been a struggle getting back in swing after layoff | Atlanta Braves
"I’ve suffered consequences because of [the injury and DL time] here over the last week," said Jones, who is 5-for-28 (.179) with four singles, four walks, one RBI and two errors in eight games since coming off the DL. "I think I’m hitting somewhere around .200 since I came back. But it’s coming. And when it does I’ll get back in the swing of things. "It’s hard to get used to the speed of the game again, and it’s harder as you get older to be away from it and then come back. I’ve struggled with it up to this point."

Chipper pays tribute to childhood hero Mantle | News
So it was during the fourth inning Tuesday night, when Jones taxied into second base after driving in a run with a double. He and Jeter instantly resumed whatever dialogue they had begun during batting practice Monday night. Jones told his friend, "If I could have it like this every night, I might never quit."

New York Yankees present Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones, who is retiring after the season, with a third base -
"That base was nice to get," Jones said after the Braves’ 10-5 victory over the Yankees yesterday at the Stadium. "I’m going to have some great stuff in my Man Cave. The teams have been great to me. It’s been awfully touching. I’d be hard-pressed to find another time when a New York crowd was so good to me."

Beachy will need Tommy John surgery | News
The Braves received the news they were expecting on Wednesday when they learned Brandon Beachy will need to undergo Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. Now, they can only hope that he resumes this season's success when he returns around this time next year. After evaluating the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in Beachy's elbow on Wednesday, Dr. James Andrews determined the Braves pitcher would not be able to avoid surgery. Andrews will oversee the surgical procedure on Thursday.

Braves’ Beachy to have season-ending elbow surgery | Atlanta Braves
"It’s tough," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "He was pitching well, really doing everything you could ask. Growing as a pitcher, growing in stature as a guy that you could really expect to shut the other team down. So it’s tough. Tough to lose him, and obviously tough for him."

Venters searching for consistent comfort | News
"When you get out of whack, it takes time to get back to where you need to be," Venters said. "It's not something that happens overnight." When asked whether he has felt different on a day-to-day basis this year, Venters laughed and said, "sometimes it's more like on a pitch-to-pitch basis.

Some on city council scoff at details in proposed baseball lease |
Elected leaders contacted by the StarNews initially scoffed when told a lease being proposed by Mandalay and the Braves for a baseball stadium includes completing the building by March 2014 and charging the city $50,000 a day if it's not done by then. "We're certainly not going to pay fines, rent, any kind of punishment handed down by them," Councilman Neil Anderson said.

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