Mar 20, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA;Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ervin Santana (30) in spring training action against the New York Mets at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 4/29

Baseball Reference

Tomahawk Take Editorial Note: On Sunday, the Braves took the series and got the brooms out against a very good team in the Cincinnati Reds.  Back by great pitching and timely hits the Braves improved to 17-7 for the 2014 season.  Now, we make the trip to Miami to face the Marlins.

Jason Heyward RF 5 1 1 0 0 2 .191 .566
B.J. Upton CF 4 0 1 0 1 1 .211 .579
Freddie Freeman 1B 5 0 1 1 0 2 .344 1.033
Justin Upton LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 .330 1.031
Chris Johnson 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 .241 .617
Dan Uggla 2B 4 0 1 0 0 3 .209 .572
Andrelton Simmons SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 .298 .795
Gerald Laird C 3 0 0 0 1 1 .174 .539
Julio Teheran P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .143 .286
   Jordan Walden P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   David Carpenter P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Ian Thomas P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Evan Gattis PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 .303 .945
Team Totals 35 1 7 1 3 12 .200 .520
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Julio Teheran 8 3 0 0 2 5 0 1.47
Jordan Walden 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.74
David Carpenter 0.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 2.61
Ian Thomas, W (1-0) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.59
Team Totals 10 5 0 0 2 8 0 0.00
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Miami Herald

Braves’ new-look rotation thriving in first month

Tomahawk Take Editorial Note: The pitching for the Braves has been out of this world good, but will it last or is this just an early season occurrence? Well, we all hope it lasts but Fredi Gonzalez and Frank Wren must be optimistic and have a plan.  Insert the names of Mike Minor and Gavin Floyd.  With these guys almost ready to return, the questions hover. 

Oct 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (36) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of game two of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Minor, who was a projected top starter, is expected to come off the disabled list this week.

Rookie David Hale could lose his spot, but it’s no easy decision for Gonzalez. Hale is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in four starts and is coming off an outstanding win. Hale allowed only two hits over eight innings in a 4-1 win over the Reds on Saturday night, facing the minimum 21 batters over his last seven innings.

A tough call?

“Sure,” Gonzalez said. “We’re pitching well, we’re playing well. You don’t want to disrupt that.”



City Stadium Will See Purple on May 2nd!

Tomahawk Take Editorial Note: Paint the park purple night will happen on May 2nd to support the American Cancer Society.  T-shirts will be given away to the first 1,000 fans by Gastroenterology Associates of Central Virginia.  A great doing for a great cause.

The Lynchburg Hillcats are teaming up with Relay for Life of Lynchburg and the American Cancer Society on Friday, May 2nd at 6:05pm for the 3rd Annual Paint the Park Purple Night and T-Shirt Giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by Gastroenterology Associates of Central Virginia!

Gates will open at 5pm and general Admission Tickets for the game will be $10 with a portion of every ticket sold benefiting the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life of Lynchburg will be held on May 30, 2014 at Heritage High School and is an overnight relay style walk-a-thon that raises money for the American Cancer Society, as well as honors cancer survivors and remembers those lost to cancer. Local participants have been able to sell tickets to Paint the Park Purple Night as a part of their fundraising for their relay team. Fans will also be able to participate in a 50/50 raffle during the game, proceeds of which will also benefit the American Cancer Society.


MLB Fan Cave


Tomahawk Take Editorial Note: Almost ever tweet from Ervin Santana has this saying….#SMELLBASEBALL.  Ever wonder what the heck that meant?  Well, like most of us, your answer was yes!  Fox 5 Atlanta played Sherlock Holmes and tried to understand the meaning behind this hashtag.

Braves starter Ervin Santana has been dominant on the mound so far this season, and his excitement has spilled over onto Twitter with his favorite hashtag, #SmellBaseball. Some of his Braves teammates were asked what it meant, and they had no idea. But as Santana explained, passion for baseball equals smelling the baseball. So there’s that.

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