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Braves’ Two Joneses Miss Expos Game

September 8, 2002

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ATLANTA (AP) _ Braves outfielders Andruw Jones and Chipper Jones didn’t start against the Montreal Expos on Sunday because of injuries.

Andruw Jones was given the day off after being hit on the helmet with a pitch Saturday night. He had puffiness around his left eye and cheek.

``I’m all right,″ he said, wearing sunglasses in the clubhouse. ``He got me on the helmet. It didn’t get me on the head.″

Chipper Jones was a late scratch from the lineup. He continued to be bothered by a stiff neck that caused him to miss Saturday’s game, as well.

``In all honesty, it feels worse now that it did yesterday,″ said Jones, who could barely turn his head.

The Braves cleanup hitter was injured making a diving catch in Friday night’s 5-0 victory over the Expos. His head snapped back as he made the catch, and several forms of treatment _ including traction _ didn’t ease the pain.

Andruw Jones filled in as the cleanup hitter Saturday and hit a pair of two-run homers before Expos starter Tomo Ohka hit him in the head with a pitch in the fifth. Ohka was ejected and Jones left the game for a pinch-runner.

With two of their top hitters out of the lineup, the Braves threw together a makeshift order that had Julio Franco in the cleanup spot, Darren Bragg in center field and Mark DeRosa making only his second start of the season in the outfield.

The Braves had a chance to clinch their 11th straight division title Sunday.

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