ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones may be a seasoned 39 years old, but he seems to have regained some of his youth at the plate over the course of the past several days.
The veteran third baseman tallied his 450th career home run on Wednesday night at Turner Field, taking Nationals starter John Lannan deep to center field in the second inning to give the Braves a one-run lead during an eventual 3-1 victory.
"Hopefully we'll see a few more fly out before the season's over," Jones said.
Jones is now 34th on the all-time home run list and needs just two more to tie Carl Yastrzemski. He's 12 behind Jose Canseco and 15 behind Dave Winfield.
"My grandfather will be crushed when I pass [Yastrzemski]," Jones said. "Huge Red Sox fan. When I was growing up, anytime the Red Sox were on TV, he was all over Yaz. He loved him."
The seven-time All-Star, who earlier this month announced that he would return to the Braves in 2012, is hitting .364 (12-for-33) with four homers and five RBIs in his past nine games.
"I got my legs under me now and I feel that I can get the bat started and be able to use my legs to get the bat where it needs to be, as opposed to just trying to use all upper body," he said.
Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.