We’re LIVE from Braves-Tigers (and is this it for Kawakami?)

Former Braves great Dale Murphy played in an oldtimers/celebrity softball game Saturday before the Braves faced Detroit at Turner Field.

Former Braves great Dale Murphy played in an oldtimers/celebrity softball game Saturday before the Braves faced Detroit at Turner Field.

Sitting up in the pressbox, watching Steve Avery pitching to Greg McMichael in an old-timers/celebrity softball game before the Braves face the Detroit Tigers. Kenshin Kawakami had been schedule to start the celebrity game but he was pulled from the rotation.

Kidding, kidding. I’m a kidder.

Actually, there was some hilarious banter in the clubhouse between Dale Murphy and Chipper

Kenshin Kawakami lasted only two innings in his last start against Kansas City. (AP photo)

Kenshin Kawakami lasted two innings in his last start against Kansas City.

Jones.

Murphy to Chipper: “Are you playing a doubleheader today?”

Chipper to Murphy: “Weren’t you retired by now?”

(Murphy retired when he was 37. Jones is 38.)

“He was all over me [Friday],” Jones said later. “I was like, ‘Murp, you were done when you were 38.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, so?’ I said, ‘So how are you giving me a hard time about being old and not being able to do stuff? I’m playing.’”

No kidding. Jones actually should play out his retirement drama more often. He’s on fire. He has a nine-game hitting streak, during which he is 13 for 33 (.394) with seven RBIs, five runs, a homer and three doubles.

The Braves go into today’s game against the Tigers with a half-game lead over New York and 2 1/2 over Philadelphia. Of course, the biggest story, and possibly the subject of a column later today, is Kawakami. He is 0-9 with a 4.78 ERA. He’s the only starting pitcher in Braves history to lose his first nine decisions.  (The franchise’s  last 0-9 pitcher, Tom Tuckey with the Boston Doves in 1909, lost seven starts and two relief appearances.)

With Jair Jurrjens on the way back (he’s scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday and start against Washington Wednesday). Kris Medlen has been strong (4-0 with a 3.40 ERA as a starter). So this very well could be Kawakami’s final turn in the rotation. Somebody has to go and he’s the logical guy out.

Kawakami is coming off his worst start of the season, blowing a 4-0 lead over Kansas City and allowing five runs on six hits in two innings. He also has committed three errors in his last two starts.

Manager Bobby Cox was predictably evasive on the topic before the game. When I asked him what his plans were for the rotation, he said only, “I have not sat down with [general manager] Frank Wren about it once. We probably will.”

That’s it for now. I’ll be blogging live during the game. Until then, enjoy the air conditioning.

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362 comments Add your comment

Vino Fino

June 26th, 2010
3:45 pm

Hey Jeff- Heyward just getting a much needed day off or is there something wrong?

Reid Adair

June 26th, 2010
3:47 pm

We certainly have to hope this is the end of the failed Kenshin Kawakami project for the last year-plus. Unfortunately, if Bobby Cox leaves it up to Frank Wren, it probably won’t be.

Jeff Schultz

June 26th, 2010
3:50 pm

Vino (and to everybody else — you’ll be interested in this). Jason Heyward is finally admitting that his thumb is bothering him. David O’Brien is reporting that he’s going to see a hand specialist. He’ll miss at least 2 games.

jacket3

June 26th, 2010
3:59 pm

I am not a KK hater. Should have been in the pen 5 or 9 games ago. Almost everyone the Braves have lost have been when he is on the mound. It is very hard – every time – to constantly over achieve your opponent. BC has a way of – and I will never understand why – playing his teams with the backs to the wall. Clearly we could have one one or 2 with the White Socks. I can almost tell you the score. I hope I am dead wrong and KK gets his first win…but this guy is clearly not a starter this year. So have fun JS – gonna watch the World Cup for a while……

jimmya

June 26th, 2010
3:59 pm

heyward has been watching how chipper gets games off ouchhhh

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The Devil Wears Prado Jerseys

June 26th, 2010
4:03 pm

Let’s give Kenshin a going-away present today. I’ve got a feeling he’ll pitch well with nothing to lose.

75years

June 26th, 2010
4:09 pm

Why doesn’t Frank offer Nate McLouth to Seattle for Coco Crisp – It would give us another RHB in the lineup with Crisp being a switch hitter plus he could leadoff or hit second and play center field

Jeff Schultz

June 26th, 2010
4:09 pm

There goes the no hitter.

jimmya

June 26th, 2010
4:11 pm

Jef what offers were made foe RESO

Jeff Schultz

June 26th, 2010
4:13 pm

Jeff Schultz

June 26th, 2010
4:14 pm

OK, they turned soccer game off in pressbox. I’m going to need somebody to give me a scoring update.

Big B CH 99

June 26th, 2010
4:15 pm

I don’t think JJ is ready to be back in the rotation yet. He’s got an ERA of over 5 in 3 starts w/ Gwinnett that will go up in Atlanta. How about a start in Gwinnett giving up less than 3 runs over 5 or 6 innings.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 26th, 2010
4:15 pm

remember win A.S.G didn’t meant the Hawks and Thrashers owners? Avery, Smoltz, and Glavine! good times.

jimmya

June 26th, 2010
4:16 pm

Jeff yes a few teams were asking about him before he was added to roster

Pi$$onaDawg

June 26th, 2010
4:16 pm

1-1 with 3 min added time.

Jeff Schultz

June 26th, 2010
4:17 pm

KK mows them down after the hit. “Not in my house!”

Pi$$onaDawg

June 26th, 2010
4:17 pm

GHA in the US zone with 2 min left and GHA player gets yellow card.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 26th, 2010
4:18 pm

USA shot on goal from 30 meters goalie got it.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 26th, 2010
4:20 pm

GHA in US terratory and a bad crossing shot USA heads it oot for an GHA corner kick. NO GOOD NOOOO GOOOOOOD. USA 1 GHA 1 30 min extra time.

Jeff Schultz

June 26th, 2010
4:21 pm

The Prado machine continues. Starts it out with a double.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 26th, 2010
4:22 pm

It looks like TCU’s great season is coming to an end. TCU 2 UCLA 6top of 5th. Well so much can change so fast in college baseball.

jimmya

June 26th, 2010
4:23 pm

where was the bunt

Jeff Schultz

June 26th, 2010
4:23 pm

Bib B CH 99 — Not saying the numbers at Gwinnett are comforting but they can be misleading. In rehab he’s working on certain pitches, etc., not really pitching to win, if that makes sense. Kinda like spring training.

Jeff Schultz

June 26th, 2010
4:25 pm

JimmyA — kinda early to sacrifice, I think. Plus not sure that 1 run is going to to win this.

jimmya

June 26th, 2010
4:26 pm

Jeff Schultz

June 26th, 2010
4:28 pm

Both teams waste leadoff hits … There was more action in the softball game. Didn’t notice if Dagmar Midcap got any hits by the way.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 26th, 2010
4:29 pm

GHA brakes past USA defence and scores. USA 1 GHA 2 3 min to extra time.

Jeff Schultz

June 26th, 2010
4:30 pm

Nice catch by the old guy at third.

jimmya

June 26th, 2010
4:31 pm

like the good sportsman ship from damon

Pi$$onaDawg

June 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

Jeff S be careful some of us old guys whould like to still have those reflexes. USA kicks a shot and miss. USA still down 1- GHA 2 and missed corner kick. DAMN that was close to in the Goal.

DIT

June 26th, 2010
4:35 pm

Maybe Kawakami can get a rain out today. What’s the weather like at “The Ted” today?

Jeff Schultz

June 26th, 2010
4:37 pm

Warm and muggy but only scattered clouds.

75years

June 26th, 2010
4:38 pm

Jeff How about Mclouth for Coco Crisp – we could even throw in Sammons

O'Brien

June 26th, 2010
4:38 pm

Jeff,

I asked you this question some time ago. When Jurrjens comes back, whose spot should he take in the rotation. We both agree it should be KK’s.

However, Jurrjens is scheduled to start Wednesday for the Braves. Who is Wednesday’s listed starter? Kris Medlen.

Is it too early for us to read into it?

Pi$$onaDawg

June 26th, 2010
4:39 pm

TCU 3 UCLA 6 bottom of the 5th with UCLA at bat and 1 out and runners on 1st and @nd.

Reality Bites

June 26th, 2010
4:41 pm

All I know about soccer is…..when the greatest nation in the world gets beat by a bunch of savages that still practice cannibalism, its time to fore your coach!

Reality Bites

June 26th, 2010
4:41 pm

sorry… Fire your coach!

Jeff Schultz

June 26th, 2010
4:42 pm

75years — Crisp just came off the DL but he could be a nice pickup for somebody before the deadline. There’s my answer.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

WHY reality? Americans don’t run fast or anything but government handouts. Cannibals have to be fast to eat or survive from being eaten. Our fas butt kids need to spend a few month in those countries as food or to get in shape. That would be the Real BIGGEST LOSER Reality TV show.

DIT

June 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

So much much for the rain out theory. So now that Soccer is over , let’s get back to the REAL American pastime.

Jeff Schultz

June 26th, 2010
4:46 pm

O’Brien — Right now Braves are saying Jurrjens is starting Wednesday, so technically they’re leaving it open. There is no scheduled starter yet for game after. Or the Wed. starter could change.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 26th, 2010
4:46 pm

for anything but government handouts.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 26th, 2010
4:49 pm

11 min to go in the firsr extra period and a GHA player has decided to lay down with no contact and now out comes the strecher.

Jeff Schultz

June 26th, 2010
4:50 pm

In the interest of fairness and equal time and all that stuff — Kawakami has retired nine straight batters since giving up hit to open the game.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 26th, 2010
4:51 pm

USA corner kick

Pi$$onaDawg

June 26th, 2010
4:51 pm

we look slow and tired.

jimmya

June 26th, 2010
4:51 pm

wish we could get an automatic refresh button on here lol

DIT

June 26th, 2010
4:52 pm

Hey Jeff, Could it be Jair Jurrjens wearing Kawakami’s uni? nine in a row? How uncharacteristic!

Greg Norton Facts

June 26th, 2010
4:54 pm

greg norton was grounded into two double plays, in the same inning