While it may be his farewell season, Chipper Jones is prepared to make his long goodbye last into October.
The veteran slugger tries to build on one of his best games of the season Friday night when the Atlanta Braves open a three-game series versus the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 40-year-old Jones was slowed by injuries earlier this season and has adjusted his workload accordingly to stay fresh as Atlanta (69-49) enters the stretch run atop the wild-card chase and four games behind Washington in the East.
After an off day, Jones had his first multihomer game since 2009 to power the Braves to their third straight win, 6-0 over San Diego on Thursday night.
"You always want to make a splash and bring people to their feet," said Jones, whose second homer was his 2,700th hit. "This is just another of a handful of games this year that have been awfully special to me."
The third baseman is batting .336 with eight homers and 31 RBIs in 43 games at home, hitting safely in ...