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Jones back in Braves' lineup; Prado improves


ATLANTA (AP) - Chipper Jones is back in Atlanta's lineup after missing a game with a sore knee, and Martin Prado is moving closer to his return from a staph infection.

Jones is starting at third base as the Braves' cleanup hitter against Baltimore on Friday night. He missed Wednesday's game at Seattle. The Braves were off Thursday, giving Jones two days to rest the knee.

Prado, a 2010 All-Star, has been out since June 8 while recovering from a staph infection in his right leg. He took batting practice outdoors on Friday for the first time since surgery to remove the infection.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez says Prado could make a minor league rehabilitation assignment next week and might return for a series at Philadelphia next weekend.

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