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April 13, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
The Braves did it all. Pitched well. Went deep. Manufactured runs. Played some brilliant defense. Tommy Hanson pitched four-hit ball over seven innings for his first win, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann homered, and Chipper Jones drove in two runs to lead Atlanta Braves past visiting Florida, 5-0, last night. Hanson (1-2) finally got a few runs to work with and the Braves turned in several nifty defensive plays, two of them diving stops by shortstop Alex Gonzalez. "We did a little bit of everything," Jones said.
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April 11, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Charlie Manuel mounted a stationary bike in the middle of the visiting clubhouse at Turner Field and began a light workout a few hours before Sunday's crisp 3-0 victory over the Braves. Cole Hamels stood adjacent to the bike, doing his shoulder exercises, and Manuel noticed. Thinking he was in the way, Manuel asked his pitcher if he needed to go for a ride. "Oh, no," Hamels said. "I've already been on it. " This day could not come soon enough for the 27-year-old lefthander.
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April 11, 2011
ATLANTA - The Avett Brothers performed a postgame concert at Turner Field following Sunday's series finale, and it always seems as if the Braves are booking musical guests when the Phillies are in town. Last season, The Beach Boys and REO Speedwagon played after Phillies-Braves games. Later this season, Ludacris will play a postgame concert after the Phillies-Braves game on May 14. Alas, the Phillies are not in town when the B-52s and Yacht Rock Revue play postgame concerts this season.
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April 10, 2011
ATLANTA - Quite possibly the best pregame fan contest in baseball is held here at Turner Field. Normally once a homestand, three contestants and one Braves player participate in a closest-to-the-pin game. On Saturday, it was infielder Brooks Conrad's turn. They set up a small plot of turf in the on-deck circle and a flag in center field. Conrad took the high-iron club and hit the golf ball to within 15 feet of the pin. Usually the Braves player has the best shot. This time, two of the fan contestants couldn't even chip the ball out of the infield.
NEWS
April 10, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - Charlie Manuel mounted a stationary bike in the middle of the visiting clubhouse at Turner Field and began a light workout a few hours before Sunday's crisp 3-0 victory over the Braves. Cole Hamels stood adjacent to the bike, doing his shoulder exercises, and Manuel noticed. Thinking he was in the way, Manuel asked his pitcher if he needed to go for a ride. "Oh, no," Hamels said. "I've already been on it. " This day could not come soon enough for the 27-year-old lefthander.
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April 9, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones swung at the inside cutter from Cliff Lee, and the pitcher immediately cocked his head toward center field. The sound made when bat met ball was enough to make Lee think the ball had a chance to leave cavernous Turner Field for a grand slam in the fourth inning of Friday's 6-3 Phillies loss to the Braves. He stood in front of the mound and watched motionless as Shane Victorino chased the deep fly ball to the 400-foot mark on the blue fence. It wasn't going out, and for a moment, it looked like just another of many hard-hit outs against Lee, whose second start had a far worse fate than his celebrated return five days earlier.
SPORTS
April 9, 2011
ATLANTA - They love Bobby Cox here so it was right that the loudest Turner Field got during pregame festivities for opening night was when the retired manager threw the first pitch to current Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. Cox, wearing khakis and his old home white No. 6 jersey, threw a strike to Gonzalez and then tipped his cap on his way to the stands, where he became a fan just like everyone else. It makes you wonder what the Phillies will do once Charlie Manuel hangs 'em up. Will he be carried into Citizens Bank Park on a chariot?
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April 9, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - Carlos Ruiz had to watch the video to make sure what he saw with his two eyes in the seventh inning of the Phillies' 10-2 rout of Atlanta on Saturday was correct, because it was too hard to believe at first. The Phillies catcher cued up the second pitch Braves reliever Scott Linebrink threw him, a 94-m.p.h. fastball high and inside. Swing and a miss. That put Ruiz, pinch-hitting for the first time this season, in an 0-2 hole. With the bases loaded, Ruiz could not have been expecting a strike from Linebrink.
NEWS
April 8, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones swung at the inside cutter from Cliff Lee, and the pitcher immediately cocked his head toward center field. The sound made when bat met ball was enough to make Lee think the ball had a chance to leave cavernous Turner Field for a grand slam in the fourth inning of the Phillies' 6-3 loss Friday to the Braves. Lee stood in front of the mound and watched motionless as Shane Victorino chased the deep fly ball to the 400-foot mark on the blue fence. It wasn't going out, and for a moment, it looked like just another of many hard-hit outs against Lee. But the ball was still moving, and Victorino was not. It glanced off his glove, fell to the warning-track dirt as Victorino plopped into the fence, and three runs scored.
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April 1, 2011
Combination lock: Shortstop Jimmy Rollins is the longest-tenured Phillie since making his major league debut in September 2000. Since then, his doubleplay partner has been Chase Utley the majority of the time. But did you know that Rollins has played next to 20 other second basemen for at least an inning during his Phillies career? The others, according to Baseball-Reference.com: Marlon Anderson, Kevin Jordan, David Newhan, Felipe Crespo, Tomas Perez, Nick Punto, David Bell, Placido Polanco, Matt Kata, Ramon Martinez, Abraham Nunez, Danny Sandoval, Joe Thurston, Greg Dobbs, Tad Iguchi, Eric Bruntlett, Miguel Cairo, Juan Castro, Cody Ransom and Wilson Valdez.
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