BOSTON – The Chipper Jones farewell tour continued when the retiring Braves third baseman was honored by the Red Sox and presented with another piece for his impressive and expanding memorabilia collection.
Before Saturday night’s game, Red Sox owner John Henry presented Jones with a No. 10 from the hand-operated scoreboard that is in Fenway Park’s famed Green Monster left-field wall.
Jones, 40, has been honored at every ballpark where the Braves have played their only scheduled series this season, presented with gifts and keepsakes in addition to several video tributes.
Among the notable items: a Braves flag that flew over Wrigley Field when the Braves were in Chicago for a series against the Cubs; third base from his last start at new Yankee Stadium; third base from the Reds, one of the custom bases with “Celebrating the career of No. 10 Chipper Jones” on them, used in the series at Cincinnati; and a Stetson cowboy hat from the Astros.
Buchholz scratched, Cook starts Sunday
The Red Sox have called up Aaron Cook from Triple-A to start Sunday’s series finale against the Braves in place of Clay Buchholz (8-2, 5.53 ERA), who was scratched due to sickness. Cook, a former Rockies right-hander, will face Braves lefty Mike Minor (3-5, 6.04).
Cook gave up eight hits and seven runs (six earned) in 2-2/3 innings of his only major league game this season, a May 5 loss to Baltimore. He was spiked in the third inning of that game and went on the disabled list.
He had been scheduled to start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday but was scratched from that start and told he’d be replacing Buchholz.
Cook is 1-2 with a 5.18 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) against the Braves, though most of those came were before many current Braves were on the team. His only start against them in past two years was in July, when he gave up 10 hits and seven runs in five innings of a loss at Atlanta.
Jones is 9-for-26 with two homers and seven RBIs against Cook, and Brian McCann is 6-for-20 against him.
Designated hitters have not (hit)
Jones’ eighth-inning single Friday snapped an 0-for-16 streak by Braves designated hitters, who were just 2-for-24 (.083) this season before Saturday. Only the Dodgers (1-for-25) had struggled more from the DH spot. Braves pitchers had a better average (.134) than the team’s designated hitters before Saturday. The pitchers are 17-for-127.