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Jones gets a well-deserved day off after walk-off home run

The Sports Xchange
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--3B Chipper Jones got the day game after the night game off. Especially because Wednesday's night game lasted 11 innings and four hours, culminating in Jones's two-run walk off home run. It was the 500th home run as a professional. "That's a lot of trips around the bases," Jones said.

--RF Jason Heyward was back in the starting lineup after missing two starts because of a tender right oblique. He did pinch-hit in Wednesday's game in the bottom of the sixth inning and stayed in on defense. "Adrenaline did the job," he said with a grin before Thursday's game.

--C Brian McCann got the day off Thursday, as usual for a day game after a night game. He stopped at the eye doctor's office on the way to the ball park to have his right eye checked out. The outer white portion was scratched after CF Michael Bourn's high-five as McCann crossed the plate after his fifth inning grand slam missed his hands and accidentally poked him in the eye.

--RHP Brandon Beachy and LHP Mike Minor were in the bullpen for Thursday's game versus the Phillies because manager Fredi Gonzalez had to call on all his relievers in Wednesday's 11-inning game versus the Phillies. Both Beachy and Minor would have thrown bullpen sessions as part of their regular routines anyway.

--RHP Tommy Hanson's 3 2/3 innings versus the Phillies on Wednesday marked his shortest outing since his final appearance of 2011, when he lasted only 3 1/3 innings against the Mets in New York. After that he was shut down for the season because of a sore right shoulder.

BY THE NUMBERS
1 -- Game in the existence of Turner Field that both teams scored at least 12 runs: Wednesday's 15-13 Braves' victory over the Phillies.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"That's a lot of trips around the bases." -- 3B Chipper Jones on his 500th professional home run, a walk-off shot that beat the Phillies, 15-13, on Wednesday night.

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