Chipper sits out his Philly finale

PHILADELPHIA – As expected, Chipper Jones was out of the lineup Sunday for his last scheduled game against the Phillies. It was a rest day for the retiring third baseman, who played the first two games of the series and went 2-f0r-5 with an RBI double in Saturday’s win.

Jones hit .331 with 49 homers and 152 RBIs in 245 career games against the Phillies, tied with his homer total against the New York Mets for his most against any team. The Braves have three games left against the Mets next weekend in Jones’ last regular-season home games.

Martin Prado made his 20th start of the season at third base Sunday, after making his 11th start at shortstop on Saturday.

Howard 2nd-fastest to 300 HRs

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard became the second-fastest in major league history to hit 300 home runs when he homered off Mike Minor on Saturday, one of only two hits in six innings against the lefty and the first homer off Minor in four September starts.

Howard hit his 300th homer in his 1,093rd game, six shy of the Ralph Kiner’s record for fastest to that standard. Howard has a personal-best 42 homers against the Braves, including five of his 14 homers this season (he missed much of the season recovering from Achilles tendon surgery). His next-highest career total is 36 homers against the Nationals.

Howard was 22-for-62 with seven homers in his career against  Tim Hudson before Sunday, when he went 0-for-3 against the Braves veteran.

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David Ross hit his eighth home run Sunday, the most he’s had in a season since hitting 17 in 2007 in 348 plate appearances for Cincinnati. The 35-year-old catcher has 181 plate appearances this season….

After missing four games with a left-shoulder strain, Simmons returned to the Braves lineup Sunday. The rookie shortstop went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. He a two-out single in the sixth inning….

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northbeach Scott

September 23rd, 2012
5:11 pm

Well done, Rossy. We’ve really needed you with BMac’s injuries and slump.

ROSS IS BOSS

September 23rd, 2012
5:22 pm

Ross is the new Mac. Play him in the postseason Fredi!

Quack Quack

September 23rd, 2012
6:57 pm

Ross is the best backup catcher in the game!!! We’re Blessed to have him.

GO BRAVES!!!

northbeach Scott

September 23rd, 2012
7:43 pm

Rest BMac so he can heal up for the playoffs. I want to see J.C. Boscan start a few games to also let Rossy heal up for the playoffs.

lee maye

September 23rd, 2012
11:00 pm

Prado deserves a big raise or make him an offer of maybe, 25 mil for 3 years. He might take it.
Then, sign JHey and FF to multideals. Then, sign Kimbrel and Medlen to multideals.

Don’t pickup the option on McCann. Trade Hanson and Uggla. If McCann is taken off the books, and trade Uggla, about 60 mil for Wren to work with. With Gattis, Bethancourt, Delgado, Teheran, Francisco, Constanza, Durango, and Cunningham, Wren has 60mil to find a LF or CF and sign the above 5 to multideals.

Uggla now 0-7 with 4 K’s in the last 2 games. .215.

Frank Shab in PA

September 23rd, 2012
11:06 pm

Bench Uggla and hit Bourn seventh. Freddi don’t stop now your doing good. Gotta sit the poor performers. Forget friendships go with the guy who can help the team.

JNick

September 24th, 2012
1:57 am

You won’t trade Uggla without picking up a sizable portion of his contract – 90%. No team will give you anything of value for him. Might as well see if he can turn things around next year…who knows. Stranger things have happened. Eventually he has to start playing well, for his NEXT contract…lol. Lately he’s actually been hitting better…his 2 doubles the other night went foul line to foul line…that’s always a good sign.

a fan

September 24th, 2012
8:16 am

JNick Agreed on Uggla, I think they will trade Hanson to KC. or Twins for a right handed outfielder.

Fats Johnson

September 24th, 2012
10:06 am

Uggla might fool us all and kick axx the rest of the season and playoffs,as he tends to come through in the clutch . As long as he drives in alot of runs,forget about the B.A. :)

Steve in Philly

September 24th, 2012
10:40 am

It would have been nice to give Chipper one last AB yesterday. He could have pinch hit in the ninth, and would have been give a standing ovation by the Phillies fans. We have no great love for him but we respect him (and won’t mind not seeing him show up in a Braves uniform any more!).

Denny Lemaster

September 24th, 2012
10:51 am

Hansen has shown no improvement, even with this so called new delivery. Looks the same as it did to me. He is fat, out of shape. He looks as if he just does not care out there. The face tells much. Next start, watch his face and expressions. He just does not seem to care enough to get in there and fight for every pitch. The guy should be sent packing. He is a major arm surgery away from two lost seasons anyway.

mpimentel

September 24th, 2012
12:50 pm

uggla will rebound next year, take maccan option and sign him for 3 seasons for 40 mill’s…we’ll have enougth money with lowe’s and chipper’s contracts out of the books for the next season ( a sum of 30 mill’s to resign bourn and find a LF)…our bench for next season: constanza, reed, francisco, ross, janish and pastor…infield: mcc, freema, uggs, simmons, prado…outfield: bourn, heyward, ??…starters: medlen, beachy, hudson, minor, maholm….bullpen: venters, o’flaherty, kimbrel, martinez, moylan, gearin,delgado, sheets…use the money of lowe’s and chipper’s expiring contracts to sign a LF…trade hanson and jjj for prospects…

Lobosolo

September 24th, 2012
2:08 pm

Denny Lemaster, with your clairvoyance and extraordinary conceptual skills, you should be the game guru for some American Legion team somewhere… LOL! What a tool…. You and lee maybenot oughta start your own franchises…

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September 24th, 2012
4:10 pm

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NJPaladin

September 24th, 2012
7:39 pm

As a S Carolina native and long-time Braves fan living in NJ for the past 14 years, I was super-excited to buy my tickets for Sunday’s game weeks ago, with the intention of seeing Chipper play his last in Philly, and having my 12-year-old son see it. Needless to say, I was very bummed not to get that chance; just seeing him pinch-hit in the 9th would have been enough. Fortunately, it was such a superb pitching matchup and great win that the disappointment was a footnote for us.

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