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Andruw Jones


Jones was dropped from the Braves' lineup shortly before their game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night because of a left knee injury. The Braves said Jones has patellar tendinitis in his left knee. Jones was replaced in center by Ryan Langerhans, while Adam LaRoche was moved up from seventh in the batting order to Jones' cleanup spot.


Jones' bases-loaded walk on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers gives him 100 RBIs for the fifth time in his career.


Jones has missed two straight games with a back injury. He is considered day-to-day.


Jones was 5-for-5 with two homers, a double and matched his career-high with six RBIs in Tuesday's 14-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.


Jones was selected to his fifth All-Star team Sunday and will be a reserve outfielder for the National League. He is hitting .275 with 18 homers and 66 RBIs this season.


Jones homered twice in Atlanta's 7-1 win over the surging New York Mets Tuesday night. The Braves' center fielder stroked a pair of two-run bombs, both off Mets starter Victor Zambrano. Jones has homered in three straight games, and he is 6-for-12 with four home runs and seven RBIs in that span.


Jones hit his third homer of the season -- a solo shot in the fifth off Brett Myers -- in the Braves' 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.


In a 12-4 Atlanta loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday, Jones hit his 50th home run of the season, making him the first 50-homer guy since Alex Rodriguez (57) and Jim Thome (52) in 2002. In becoming the first Brave to ever hit 50, Jones also collected the 300th home run of his 10-year career. The 28-year-old center fielder became the 12th player in major league history to hit 300 homers before his 30th birthday.


One day after tying the team mark for home runs, Jones moved into first by himself with two more homers on Sunday. He had shared the record with Eddie Matthews (1953) and Hank Aaron (1971) for just one day. This was the eighth multihomer game of the year for Jones.


Jones tied the franchise mark for home runs in a season when he hit his 47th of the year during Saturday's win over the Washington Nationals. Jones' fourth-inning homer off of Livan Hernandez tied the mark held by Eddie Mathews (1953) and Hank Aaron (1971).


Jones was named the National League Player of the Month for August, after slugging ,602 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI.


Jones now has seven multihomer games this season, going deep twice in Wednesday's extra-inning win over the San Francisco Giants. The Braves' outfielder had a two-run homer in the sixth and a solo shot in the eighth, improving his season total to a league-leading 37.


Jones took over the major league home-run lead with two dingers in Atlanta's 8-1 win over St. Louis Saturday. The Braves' center fielder hit a solo shot and a sixth-inning grand slam to give him 35 home runs on the season. It was his sixth multihomer game of 2005.


Jones was the only run producer for the Atlanta Braves in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, belting a pair of solo home runs and notching two of the team's four hits for the entire contest. The outfielder now has 26 multihomer games in his major league career.


Jones found the left-field seats twice in Monday's meeting with the San Francisco Giants, notching the 25th multihomer game of his major league career. The Braves' outfielder belted a pair of two-run shots off starter Kevin Correia in the first and third innings to increase his homer total for the season to 29, matching what he had all of last year.


On Tuesday, Jones was named the National League Player of the Month for the month of June. Jones broke the Braves' franchise record for home runs in a month, held by Eddie Matthews, when he hit 13 home runs in the month of June. The star centerfielder also hit .317 with 18 runs scored and 26 RBI, all while leading the league with a .733 slugging percentage for the month.


Jones homered in all three contests against the Baltimore Orioles this weekend, and Atlanta's center fielder has powered eight home runs in his last nine games. In that nine-game stretch, Jones is a .469 hitter (15-for-32) with nine runs scored and 15 RBI.


Jones delivered a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth to direct Atlanta to a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. The Braves' center fielder went 3-for-5 with two ribbies in the game.


Jones stayed hot at the plate in Wednesday's win over the Florida Marlins, going 2-for-3, including a 432-foot, two-run shot to left field in bottom of the fifth inning. The Braves' outfielder, who also added a sacrifice fly to finish the game with three RBI, has went deep nine times in his last 11 games and currently leads the National League with 21 home runs on the season.


Jones stroked two home runs on Friday and added another on Saturday in Atlanta victories over the Cincinnati Reds. His three home runs against the Reds put him one up on the Reds' Adam Dunn and the Cubs' Derrek Lee in the National League home-run race. Jones has 19, with Dunn and Lee at 18. Jones enjoyed a terrific series against Cincinnati, going 6-for-12 with four runs scored and four RBI.


After going 0-for-4 with a strikeout in an April 26 loss to the New York Mets, Jones saw his season batting average dip to a dismal .182. Since that time, the Braves' outfielder has been crushing the ball, going 25-for-56 (.446) with seven doubles, seven home runs, 15 RBI and 16 runs scored in 15 games. As a result, his overall average has jumped to its current .293.

Jones, who belted a league-high 10 homers in spring training, has three home runs in his last two contests.


As a precautionary measure, Jones was held out of the Braves' lineup for Thursday's game against the Florida Marlins, due to some minor soreness in his back. The outfielder, who was replaced by Ryan Langerhans, plans to return to action on Friday. For the season, he is batting .247 with four home runs, 13 RBI and one stolen base.

Jones could have pinch-hit on Thursday if needed, so he should be ready for the weekend, barring any setbacks. After a very slow start to the season, Jones has come alive recently, going 10-for-20 with two doubles, two home runs, four walks and four RBI in his last six games.


The Atlanta Braves hope Jones' performance in Wednesday's victory over the New York Mets is a sign he is coming out of his season-long slump. The outfielder, who had just three hits in his previous 47 at-bats, went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, three runs scored and finished just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Jones improved his batting averaged to .207 for the year. In 22 games, he has belted three homers and notched 10 RBI, but has struck out 19 times in 82 at-bats. He had 10 longballs in spring training, but has yet to get into a grove during the regular season.


In an attempt to get Jones out of an 0-for-23 slump and add a spark to the offense overall, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox moved the outfielder from fourth to seventh in the batting order for Tuesday's game against the Houston Astros. The change did not seem to help, as Jones extended his hitless streak to 22 at-bats and struck out three times. The Braves also lost the contest, 5-3.

Jones changed his batting stance and led the league with 10 home runs in spring training, but he has connected for just one so far in the regular season and is hitting a dismal .189. He has struck out 14 times in 14 games this year, including nine times over his last five contests. Jones hates taking days off, so expect him to play through his struggles.