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Braves’ Monday misery continues with 3-0 loss to Yankees | Atlanta Braves
"We were talking about that," Gonzalez said. "And we were looking at the age. We had a 22-year-old on the mound, 22 at short [Simmons], Freeman’s 22, Heyward . And I think their youngest guy was Nova, who’s 25."
Braves quotes after Monday’s loss to Yankees | Atlanta Braves
Fredi Gonzalez, on Delgado’s performance, being too excited: "I talked to the young man after he came out of the game, and he looked excited. He was coming out of his delivery, first time facing the New York Yankees and 40,000-plus in the stands, I think he got a little amped up for today’s game. It’s something he can learn from. But in all honestly, he made some pitches. They had the bases loaded twice and he got out of it just giving up one run. That’s a good stepping stone."
Simmons relishes chance to see boyhood idol Jones | Atlanta Braves
For all the excitement Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees bring to town for Interleague Play, Braves rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons was just excited for the chance to see his boyhood hero and fellow Curacao native Andruw Jones. The Braves former Gold Glove center field is now a platoon left fielder and designated hitter for the Yankees. Simmons said he hadn’t seen Jones in person since he was 8 years old and on the Little League team from Curacao that Jones invited to Turner Field as a reward for winning a tournament in 1997.
Bullpen confirms Hudson is a go for Wednesday | Atlanta Braves
After testing his sore left ankle in a bullpen session, Tim Hudson declared it "good enough" to go as planned on Wednesday against the Yankees. Hudson had skipped his scheduled start Sunday against the Blue Jays with bone spurs in his left ankle. But those extra two days’ rest, a cortisone shot, and a course of anti-inflammatories, has helped him improve to the point where he’s ready to pitch.
Braves to give Beachy extra rest | Atlanta Braves
The Braves originally thought they’d push Brandon Beachy back to Friday against the Orioles after Tim Hudson needed a couple of extra days because of bone spurs in his ankle. But they’ve decided to give Beachy an extra day’s rest and pitch him Saturday against the Orioles instead. Tommy Hanson is scheduled to go Friday against the Orioles on five days’ rest. Beachy’s velocity dipped in his last inning of work Friday night against Toronto, with his fastball clocking at 88 and 89 mph in the sixth inning rather than it’s usual 90-93 mph.
Braves outfielder Matt Diaz ejected from loss to Yankees after disputing eighth-inning strike call | braves.com: News
Braves outfielder Matt Diaz was ejected during the eighth inning of Monday night's 3-0 loss to the Yankees. Diaz was not pleased when he struck out during his pinch-hit at-bat in the eighth inning. His frustration grew when he returned to the clubhouse and saw the second strike that had been called on him by home-plate umpire Alfonso Marquez. Marquez has accounted for two of Diaz's three career ejections.
Teheran gaining confidence in curveball | braves.com: News
Ross said he could tell that Teheran has worked on his curveball, but he said there's still room for improvement. "It was coming off his fastball pretty good," Ross said. "It was a little firmer. It's still kind of big for an out pitch in the Major Leagues for me, but he's working on tightening it up, and he had some really tight ones going."
2012 MLB Draft: National League Eastern Division Commentary - Minor League Ball
The Braves returned to their traditional "stay local" idea and picked up Georgia prep RHP Lucas Sims in the first round, then signed him to a below slot deal. He has some consistency issues to work through but a first-round arm that should be moldable. Second-round LHP Alex Wood is also local from the University of Georgia, and his electric arm could move quickly in a relief role with his fastball/changeup combo. Bryan De La Rosa (3rd round, C, Florida HS) is an excellent defender but might not hit. Justin Black (4th round, OF, Montana HS) is a raw athlete with a questionable bat. College picks were the emphasis in subsequent rounds, an exception being 16th round OF Fernelys Sanchez (New York HS) who has blazing speed and would have gone much higher if not for a broken fibula.