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Chipper Jones Returns To Lineup, Hits Home Run

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones returned to the lineup after missing the first four games of the season as he recovered from knee surgery on March 25, and of course he had a good game against the Houston Astros.

Prior to Tuesday's game at Minute Maid Park Jones had a .397 average with eight homers, 31 RBIs and a 1.207 OPS in 38 games. Jones returned and homered in his second at-bat and was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Braves first win of the season.

What is more impressive is that Jones had only 25 spring training at-bats and declined to on a rehab assignment when he first became eligible to come off of the 15-day disabled list.

Having Jones in the lineup was key for the Braves getting their first win of the year:

"He’s our guy," said Braves veteran Eric Hinske. "Just that stability for him to be able to play, knowing he’s available at least. When he’s not here it’s a definite hole for us. He’s Chipper Jones, he’s one of the best, and it’s going to be huge for us."

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