05/22/12 10:58 PM ET
Chipper takes cuts, closer to returning
By Kevin Goheen / Special to MLB.com
Jones was out of the starting lineup for a fourth straight game, but manager Fredi Gonzalez believes there is a shot Jones could play Wednesday against the Reds.
"Hopefully he can move around a little bit," said Gonzalez.
The Braves are just 7-12 without Jones in the lineup, compared to 19-5 with him.
"He's still 40 years old and all this and that, but he's still a presence in that lineup," said Gonzalez. "It stretches that lineup out a little bit."
Bourn busts slump with first two-homer game
CINCINNATI -- Michael Bourn was going through his first tough stretch of the season, but the Braves' center fielder and leadoff hitter may have busted out in a big way on Tuesday night.
Bourn was hitless in his previous 11 at-bats before leading off with a homer against the Reds. He followed that up with a double in his next at-bat, and added his second homer of the game in the eighth inning before the Braves fell, 4-3.
It was his first career two-homer game.
"It's always good to [hit two home runs], but all-and-all you want the victory," said Bourn. "I just happened to see the ball good, and I was able to get a hold of it."
With the three knocks Tuesday, Bourn led the Braves with 61 hits. It was his 19th multiple-hit game to go along with 13 stolen bases.
It's not a coincidence the Braves had managed just five runs combined in their previous three games entering Tuesday.
"It seems like if I'm going good our team is going good," said Bourn. "That's part of the process and you have to accept the responsibility. That's part of it and you can't shy away from it. You accept it and try to get going again."
Entering Tuesday, Bourn had also walked 16 times and his .368 on-base percentage was third among the Braves' starters behind only Martin Prado (.392) and Chipper Jones (.372).
"We go as he goes," said manager Fredi Gonzalez. "He gets on base, he's going to create some havoc on the basepath, and I think everybody else feeds off of that. He grabs a lot of attention of the pitcher, and I can tell you there are a number of times the pitcher makes a mistake to one of the next two guys because he's keeping an eye on him."
McCann scratched from lineup with illness
CINCINNATI -- Catcher Brian McCann was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup against Cincinnati due to illness and was replaced by David Ross.
"He's got a little bit of a fever, nothing major," said manager Fredi Gonzalez.
McCann was in the original lineup batting fifth before Gonzalez knew about his condition. McCann went 0-for-3 with a walk against the Reds in Monday night's 4-1 loss. He's hitting .254 with six home runs and 24 RBIs this season.
Tuesday's start was Ross' 10th of the season, including Sunday at Tampa Bay, when he hit a solo home run off of David Price in Atlanta's 2-0 victory. Overall, Ross is hitting .303 in 12 games played. Ross is in his 10th season in the Majors and his fourth with the Braves.
Gonzalez jumbled the lineup with McCann out; Jason Heyward batted fifth, Juan Francisco sixth and Ross seventh.
"Brian is such a big presence in our lineup, and I don't want to be that weak link when he gets a day off," said Ross. "I just try to contribute to the winning."
• Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he spoke with third baseman Juan Francisco about how Francisco reacted after hitting a home run Monday. Francisco flipped the bat away and strolled around the bases. Gonzalez wasn't pleased.
"We try not to do that here, and I don't like that here," said Gonzalez.
• Tuesday's starting pitcher Brandon Beachy entered his outing with seven consecutive quality starts to lead the team in that category.
• Shortstop Tyler Pastornicky had an eight-game hitting streak snapped Monday, but he is hoping it can be re-instated upon appeal. Pastornicky was originally credited with an infield hit in the eighth inning, but the official scorer quickly changed his ruling and gave Reds third baseman Todd Frazier an error.
Kevin Goheen is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.