Apr 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen (54) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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Apr 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Herald

Braves’ bats fall flat against Cliff Lee

The Atlanta Braves lost for the first time in Medlen’s last 24 starts as Cliff Lee held them to two singles in eight scoreless innings of a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.

“If you told me I was going to go five innings and give up two runs in the first inning, I’d have told you (that) you were crazy,” Medlen said. “I think it ended up OK, but we lost the game, so it’s a bad day.”

 

Atlanta Braves: Chipper Jones Defends Fired Rutgers Coach Mike Rice

Rice was fired earlier this week after video surfaced of him using homophobic slurs and firing basketballs at the heads of his players during various practices.

Jones said, via his Twitter account, “I got cursed at and called names by a ton of people growing up. Were they fired? Nope! Do I care? Nope! What’s the big deal? Toughen up!”

Chipper came back later and tweeted, “Yeah, been hit w/ bball equipment on purpose, been dragged around a football field by my facemask and ran suicides til I puked! I ain’t mad.”

Jones was back at it again on Thursday when he defended his remarks in a series of tweets. The retired Braves’ slugger said, “Apparently mine and some people’s views of what verbal and physical abuse is, differs. That’s ur right. This is my twitter account…If some of u thought my tweets were insensitive, I’m sorry u feel that way. I was brought up differently in the ways to be motivated.”

 

SB Nation

Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies Series Recap

The opening series of 2013 is in the books as the Braves took two of three from the visiting Phillies. Atlanta’s new faces were on display and the offense lit up the scoreboard in the first two games. Justin Upton gave Braves fans a glimpse of what to expect as the season rolls along with home runs in each of the two wins in the series, the first of which traveled 460 ft. to left field (video). Dan Uggla and Jason Heyward also hit their first home runs of the season.

The offensive star of the series, though, was Freddie Freeman. Atlanta’s first baseman smacked a home run to start Opening Day and had five hits total along with six RBI.

 

Chicago Tribune

Atlanta Braves – PlayerWatch

RHP Julio Teheran will start Saturday’s middle game of the series against the Chicago Cubs as manager Fredi Gonzalez gives Opening Game starter Tim Hudson an extra day of rest before pitching Sunday. “He’s pitched so well, you don’t want to skip him,” Gonzalez said of the rookie. Teheran, 22, was 3-1 with a 1.04 ERA in six spring starts, striking out 35 and allowing just seven hits in 26 innings.

 

Twitter

Chipper Jones

Sometimes u gotta tip ur cap to the other guy. Cliff was on it tonite. Still a good series win by the Bravos!

 

 

 

 

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