Andruw delivers on HR promise

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ATLANTA - Andruw Jones didn't exactly point to the bleachers with his arm or bat, but he called his shot nonetheless.

Atlanta's Andruw Jones told hitting coach Terry Pendleton prior to Monday's game that if Chipper Jones homered that night, he would, too. Both did in the Braves' 5-2 victory over the Phillies.  Associated Press
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Atlanta's Andruw Jones told hitting coach Terry Pendleton prior to Monday's game that if Chipper Jones homered that night, he would, too. Both did in the Braves' 5-2 victory over the Phillies.

Jones leafed through the Braves' fan magazine, ChopTalk, prior to Monday's game and came across a pull-out poster featuring him and teammate Chipper Jones. It hailed them as baseball's leading teammates when it came to homering in the same game, at least among active players.

Jones showed the magazine to hitting coach Terry Pendleton.

"If Chipper goes, I will," Jones told Pendleton.

A few hours later, he made good on the pledge.

Andruw followed up Chipper's sixth-innng homer with a walk-off shot in the ninth of Atlanta's 5-2 victory over Philadelphia.

The twin blasts marked the third time this season the Joneses homered in the same game and 58th time in the 10-plus seasons they've played together in Atlanta.

That ranks seventh-best all-time. Braves legends Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews hold the record with 75.

"It's kind of fun," Chipper Jones said. "We got our eyes on Hank and Eddie, so we'll see if we can keep Andruw on the Braves long enough to do it."

Andruw Jones is in the final year of his contract. Chipper Jones' deal runs through 2008 with an option for 2009.

Atlanta's record is 52-6 in games they homer in together.

"That's the way it has kind of worked out," Chipper Jones said, "but then most teams will tell you when their middle-of-the-lineup guys go deep in the same game, it's good fortune for the team."

NO REHAB, NO PROBLEM: Closer Bob Wickman's injury prevented reliever Chad Paronto from making a rehabilitation appearance Monday with the Class A Rome Braves and wiped out another stop scheduled for Mississippi later this week.

Paronto, who strained a muscle near his groin in an April 13th game and went on the disabled list a day later, will get back in shape with the big league club instead.

He was activated Monday and appeared in Tuesday night's game. Paronto admitted the stakes will be higher than if he were making a minor-league rehab appearance, but he doesn't mind the pressure.

"I was ready to go to Rome and pitch and I'll be even more ready to pitch here,'' he said. "Watching games the last two weeks felt more like two years."

FAMILIAR NAME: The Richmond Braves recalled infielder Jon Schuerholz from Mississippi. He's Braves GM John Schuerholz's son.

Reach Adam Van Brimmer at (404) 589-8424 or adam.vanbrimmer@morris.com.


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