Chipper returns to power Braves

By April 10, 2012Chipper Jones

By CBSSports.com – April 10, 2012

HOUSTON — Chipper Jones was worried his timing would be off after missing time with a knee injury. The Atlanta Braves’ star third baseman quickly realized there was no need for concern.

Jones came off the disabled list and began his final season in the majors with a single and a two-run homer to help the Braves get their first win of the season, 6-4 over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. “I think today he won our game singlehandedly, really,” Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

He nearly 40-year-old Jones didn’t look a bit rusty in his return after missing Atlanta’s first four games following surgery on March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The switch-hitter, who plans to retire at the end of this season, singled in his first at-bat and hit a left-handed homer — the 455th of his career — in the third inning to put the Braves up 3-1.

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