Braves' Hudson doesn't plunk Cabrera, but tensions linger

Braves' Hudson doesn't plunk Cabrera, but tensions linger
July 19, 2012, 7:59 pm
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ATLANTA Braves right-hander Tim Hudson didnt so much asbrush back Melky Cabrera during the Giants 3-2 loss Thursday.

But Hudson offered one zinger in his postgame interview.

We won the game. Thats all that matters, Hudson said.Whenever they want to strut around when they lose, thats fine. Thats theirown thing.

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Whether Cabrera showed up his former team or not -- and heinsisted he wasnt trying to embarrass anyone -- clearly the Braves are holdingonto some sour sentiments. So itll be interesting when these two contendingclubs cross paths again Aug. 23-26 at AT&T Park.

For now, the Giants were more focused on the fact they losta one-run game despite outhitting the Braves 9-3. As Buster Posey said, younever want to waste the kind of pitching performance that Madison Bumgarnergave them. Yet the Giants also cant feel too bad about merely taking two ofthree at Turner Field.

Its only their second series win out of 19 that theyveplayed here.

Cabrera fueled much of their success. He posted multiplehits in all three games while going 6 for 13 with a homer, a triple a double,four runs scored and three RBIs.

He didnt express satisfaction with his series whilespeaking with the help of center fielderresident Rosetta Stone Angel Pagan, somuch as he repeated his appreciation to be playing every day.

But he didclaim that the gestures and fun he was having on the field had nothing to dowith showing up his former team, who non-tendered him after a bust of a seasonin 2010.

Nor did he claim to pay heed to the boos that grew withevery hit he collected.

No, no, I didnt pay attention to that, Cabrera said.Just trying to play hard baseball. Sometimes when the adrenaline is reallyhigh, something might happen. Its not trying to embarrass anybody. Its justtrying to play hard and competitive.

The Braves expressed particular annoyance at the pelvicthrust movement that Cabrera and Gregor Blanco made after Blancos three-runhome run in the 11th inning Wednesday. (Chipper Jones, who called outCabrera after Wednesdays game, laughed as he pointed downward while receivingDavid Ross in the dugout following Rosss home run Thursday.)

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Blanco, a former Brave, was surprised by that. He said thelittle celebration move wasnt intended to mock the Braves, pointing outtheyve done it all season long.

It didnt have anything to do with them. I dont know whythey think that, Blanco said. They misunderstood what were trying to do. Meand Melky, we played here. We played in Kansas City. Thats just a thing we do.

Well keep doing it. Its just like a handshake. It makesthe game fun. Its a misunderstanding if they take it another way.

And what if the Braves let a little strategic time passbefore deciding to take a pot shot at Cabrera in San Francisco?

Hopefully not, Blanco said. Because we are all grown menand we are a team here, and wed respond back.

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