Bourn loves mom, but won't mess with mojo
Sends her roses, though he won't see her while on hot streak
ST. LOUIS -- Carrie Bourn knows all about baseball superstitions. After all, her son, Atlanta center fielder Michael Bourn, has plenty of those idiosyncrasies.
So Michael realizes that mom will understand when he keeps his distance from her over the next few days.
The 29-year-old Bourn is on fire of late and he will not mess with the winning mojo. Michael sent his mom some roses for Mother's Day -- but that's all for now.
"I'm on a roll, man, I can't see her," Bourn says. "I'm limited to what I can do."
Bourn, who is at the end of one of the best road swings of his career, plans on reconnecting with Carrie after his bat slows down a bit.
"I'll make it up to her," he said. "But for now, it's got to be this way."
"She's a special lady to me," Bourn said. "One of a kind. And I mean that."
Bourn has hit safely in 27 of the Braves' 34 contests. He is 6-for-12 in the first two games of the three-game set in St. Louis. Thanks in part to Bourn, who triggers the attack from his leadoff spot, the Braves have scored two runs in the first inning of the last two games on the way to 9-7 and 7-2 victories.
The former University of Houston standout is 14-for-34 through the first eight games of the nine-day trip, and has reached base via a hit or walk in 54 of his last 113 plate appearances.
Carrie Bourn watches all the Braves games on television and keeps tabs on every one of her son's at-bats.
"She is special," Michael said. "Anybody that has a mother knows that. Without her, [I] wouldn't be in this game. You thank her every year you have her. You cherish these moments."
Bourn, who is second in the National League with 15 multihit games, will step to the plate with a pink bat on Sunday in honor of his mother and Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
Bourn took a .333 average into play Sunday.
Chipper takes few lumps, out of lineup Sunday
ST. LOUIS -- Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones took his share of lumps at the plate in Saturday's 7-2 win at St. Louis.
The future Hall of Famer fouled a pitch off the instep of his right foot in the fifth inning. In the ninth, he suffered temporary numbness in his hand after fouling a pitch off the end of the bat.
"Rough night," Jones said. "I couldn't feel any of my fingers. It was like I had a beehive right there."
Jones underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on March 26. He was activated from the 15-day disabled list on April 10 and promptly went 2-for-4 with a homer in a 6-4 win at Houston.
The Braves are 16-4 with Jones in the starting lineup.
The 40-year old says some days his body feels like that of a 50-year-old. Jones was not in the starting lineup on Sunday. Juan Francisco got the nod at third and hit sixth in the order.
"He had a tough night," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "A break won't hurt."
Still, Gonzalez didn't relish the duty of telling the durable Jones he would be sitting out the Mother's Day contest.
"You go tell him," Gonzalez told a group of reporters.
McCann gets breather; Ross behind plate
ST. LOUIS -- Braves catcher Brian McCann received a day off on Sunday. David Ross started behind the plate and hit eighth in the order.
McCann has played in five successive games and planned to start all three games of the series in St. Louis. But Friday's three-hour, 56-minute extra-inning contest forced a change in plans.
"That 12-inning game put a wrench into that," McCann said. "Today is probably a good game to take off."
McCann, who last sat out last Sunday at Colorado, will be back in the lineup when the Braves open a short four-game homestand on Monday against Cincinnati. He will likely start all four games.
McCann is 3-for-10 in the series and helped the Braves score 16 runs over the first two contests.
"We've [executed] all facets of the game pretty well," McCann said. "We're getting good pitching and we're swinging the bats."
Atlanta carried a 6-2 record into the final game of the trip on Sunday.
Chipper honored by Cardinals before finale
ST. LOUIS -- Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was honored by the Cardinals before Sunday's game at Busch Stadium.
The 40-year-old was given an autographed Stan Musial jersey in addition to a framed game photo of Jones in action signed by Cardinals players.
Rafael Furcal, a former teammate of Jones', presented Jones with a photo signed by various members of the organization. Adam Wainwright, a Georgia native and former Braves farmhand, handed Jones the Musial jersey.
Jones, a seven-time All-Star, received a standing ovation from the crowd, which also gave him a 45-second ovation on Friday when he came to the plate for the first time in the series.
"I've always enjoyed coming here and the fan base in St. Louis is part of that," Jones said. "You can have an opposing player hit three home runs against the Cardinals and these fans will give him an ovation for a job well done."
Jones went 3-for-8 in the first two games of his final St. Louis regular-season series, but was not in the starting lineup on Sunday.
"It's nice to play in a city where good baseball is appreciated," Jones said. "Other teams enjoy coming in here to play because they get to entertain some pretty intelligent fans."
Jones has always been treated with respect by the knowledgeable fans in St. Louis, who have a high level of respect for the game.
The St. Louis players hold Jones in high regard. Reliever Mitchell Boggs grew up in Dalton, Ga., and idolized Jones as a child.
"He was my favorite player," Boggs said. "He broke in when I was 11 years old and they won the World Series in his first year ," Boggs said. "As far as the Braves go, he is the guy."
Steve Overbey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.