07/11/10 5:58 PM ET
Chipper, Cox reflect on Sheppard's passing
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
"I remember growing up and hearing him announce Reggie Jackson or Ron Guidry or Thurman Munson," Jones said. "Then all of the sudden, I'm standing out there for the first game of the 1996 World Series and he's announcing my name. It gives you goose bumps. "When you combine that voice with playing in Yankee Stadium, it was almost eerie. You're playing on such hallowed ground and you got that voice coming out of the darkness and it almost seems like it's God talking to you. It's one you hear in your dreams."
While playing for the Yankees in 1968 and '69, Braves manager Bobby Cox never really got to know Sheppard. But like many other members of the baseball world, he says he will forever appreciate those times he heard the man, who will forever be recognized as "The Voice of Yankee Stadium."
Sheppard began his tenure as the Yankees' PA announcer on April 17, 1951, the day that Yankee legend Mickey Mantle made his Major League debut.
"It was such a familiar voice," Cox said. "It's a voice that will be missed."
Braves reveal their post-break rotation
NEW YORK -- With Tim Hudson likely to pitch during Tuesday's All-Star Game, the Braves will send Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson to the mound during the first two games they play coming out of the break.
Jurrjens will face the Brewers on Thursday night at Turner Field and Hanson will take the hill the following night. Hudson and Derek Lowe will serve as the starters during the final two games of the four-game series.
The Braves still haven't announced when Kris Medlen will fit back into the rotation mix. With a scheduled day off following the Brewers series, they could start him during the July 20 series opener against the Padres or give him some more time to rest.
Medlen has already thrown 87 1/3 innings this year. The 24-year-old right-hander, who has gone 5-0 with a 3.62 ERA in his 11 starts, completed a career-high 120 1/3 innings for Double-A Mississippi in 2008. He hadn't totaled more than 47 innings in his two previous professional seasons.
Prado taking care of business vs. Mets
NEW YORK -- After Sunday afternoon's 3-0 loss to the Mets, Martin Prado had recorded 121 hits. The only player in Braves history record more hits before the All-Star break was Ralph Garr, who notched 149 hits in the 98 games he played before competing in the 1974 Midsummer Classic at Three Rivers Stadium.
Given that Prado has recorded his total in just 87 games, he has proven to be nearly as productive as Garr was when he averaged 1.52 hits per game heading into the 1974 break. The current Braves second baseman has averaged 1.39 hits per game this year.
Prado leads the National League in both hits and batting average (.325). He will serve as the NL's starting second baseman during Tuesday night's All-Star Game.
Instead of taking the costly route of chartering a private plane to carry them to this year's All-Star Game, Prado, Tim Hudson, Brian McCann and Omar Infante planned to fly from New York to Anaheim on Sunday night on a commercial flight.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.