Originally created 07/31/00

Braves notes



ATLANTA -- Braves announcer Don Sutton, a Hall of Famer and owner of 324 career wins, couldn't remember his 200th, but said reaching the 200 mark is tougher now than when he was playing.

"So many (won-lost) decisions now are out of the hands of the starters," Sutton said before presenting Tom Glavine an autographed bottle of wine. "It's an area of specialization, and there are so many decisions being made in the eighth and ninth innings. When I was playing, they expected you to be saying, `what are you doing out here trying to take the ball from me?' Now, there are set-up men who have 14 or 16 decisions."

Sutton's 200th was a 7-2 win over the Pirates, but he said someone had to tell him that.

"Ask me about 300," he said. "I can give you a pitch-by-pitch replay. I can remember 210. I won it sitting on the bench. (Von Joshua) hit a three-run homer to get me off the hook and give me the win."

VOICES HONORED: Braves announcers Skip Caray and Pete Van Weiren were feted in a pregame ceremony commemorating their 25 years of service.

"Those two guys made Braves baseball fun when it couldn't possibly have been fun," fellow announcer Sutton said during the TBS broadcast.

They were given a six-foot greeting card with the signatures of well-wishers, a crystal plaque with the shapes of a microphone and a baseball field, and No. 25 jerseys with their names stitched above the number. The jerseys were presented by Braves center fielder Andruw Jones, who currently wears No. 25.

LOMBARD ENDS SLUMP: Right fielder George Lombard, an emergency call-up from Class AAA Richmond on Friday, ended an 0-for-8 start with a second-inning single Sunday. Lombard, who replaced Reggie Sanders on the active roster after Sanders was placed on the disabled list with a pulled hamstring, started all three games in the Houston series and went 1-for-12.

Considered one of the most promising position players in the Braves' farm system, Lombard was batting .259 in 97 games at Richmond, but had 116 strikeouts.

WAITING FOR TUESDAY: First baseman Andres Galarraga and right fielder Brian Jordan both are looking toward Tuesday as their return to the lineup. Galarraga has a sprained left thumb, and said he would be available to pinch hit.

"It's just trying to catch," he said. "I'll try it Tuesday and see how the pain is."

Jordan, who sprained his right ankle running out a ground ball during Tuesday's win over the Marlins, saw brief duty in right field Wednesday, but has missed four straight games while trying to heal.

JOLTIN' JOYNER: First baseman Wally Joyner, who has started seven straight games in place of Galarraga, raised his batting average to .248 with three hits Sunday. Joyner, who was hitting under .200 before the Braves opened interleague play, batted .360 on the nine-game homestand and heads to Arizona one hit shy of 2,000 for his career.