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After long series opener, Chipper given a break

After long series opener, Chipper given a break

After long series opener, Chipper given a break
WASHINGTON -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez gave Chipper Jones a break after Monday's long night of baseball at Nationals Park.

The opener of the three-game series was delayed 56 minutes at the start and then dragged on for 4 hours and 27 minutes before ending around 12:30 a.m. ET, as the Nationals pulled out a 5-4 victory in 13 innings. Jones played the entire time, going 1-for-5.

After all of that, Jones was out of the starting lineup for the middle game of the three-game series.

"I gave him a courtesy text, but I knew the answer," Gonzalez said. "I said 'How are you feeling?' 'Not good,' [he said]. That's what I thought. Give him a day, play him tomorrow. It's fine."

Jones is playing well in his final season, batting .311 with 13 homers and 54 RBIs in 79 games. He said that this was going to be his last year, and he hasn't pulled back from it.

"There's a different look in his eye this year," Gonzalez said. "I always said it's going to be a productive [one] for him. I think [retiring is] a motivator. He's going out pretty good."

Juan Francisco stepped in for Jones on Tuesday, batting seventh and playing third base against Stephen Strasburg.

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