McCann continues to clean up with bases loaded

The Sports Xchange

--C Brian McCann hit his eighth career grand slam in the fifth inning and is now batting .353 (36 for 112) in his career with the bases loaded.

--3B Chipper Jones was back in the lineup for the Braves after missing Tuesday's game with pain in his surgically repaired left knee. He has begun a new daily weight regimen designed to strengthen his quads and thigh, which can atrophy with fluid build-up. Jones says that Jeff Porter, the Braves' head trainer, told him he wouldn't make it to the All-Star break if he didn't do that.

--SS Tyler Pastornicky was looking forward to the challenge of facing Phillies RHP Roy Halladay Wednesday. "He's on a different level," the rookie said. "I don't know if you've heard," he said with mock seriousness, "but he works out."

--RHP Brandon Beachy has pitched at least seven innings in three of his last four starts. He gave up only two earned runs in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Phillies despite the fact that he says none of his breaking balls are sharp right now.

--RF Jason Heyward was out again Wednesday with a tender right oblique. He did do some hitting the indoor cage and took a round of live batting practice, too. Noting that his replacement Monday, INF/OF Eric Hinske, was 4-for-4, and Tuesday's right field replacement, OF Matt Diaz, was 1-for-2 with two walks, manager Fredi Gonzalez joked that Heyward might find himself in a Wally Pipp situation if he doesn't get back in the lineup soon. Heyward prevented that with a two-run pinch-hit single in the sixth, then stayed in to play right.

500. Professional home runs for 3B Chipper Jones, who got the 500th in the 11th inning to beat the Phillies 15-13.

"I love facing Doc. He's as good as it gets." -- 3B Chipper Jones, on Phillies RHP Roy Halladay.

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