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Chipper hopes a birthday bash awaits

Chipper hopes a birthday bash awaits

NEW YORK -- As Chipper Jones was sitting at his locker before Friday night's game against the Mets, a New York reporter approached him and mentioned that he looked young for his age. The third baseman smiled and said, "That's because I shaved today."

Jones will turn 38 on Saturday and attempt to prolong the success he has encountered on this day, as the Braves have won nine of the 10 games he has played on his birthday. During these games, he has combined to hit .439 (18-for-41) with four homers and 10 RBIs.

"The one game we lost, I went deep twice," said Jones in reference to the two-homer performance he produced against Shane Reynolds in an 11-6 loss to the Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 24, 2001.

Jones' four career "birthday homers" put him one shy of the all-time Major League record shared by Al Simmons, Alex Rodriguez and Derrek Lee.

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