The Pirates will retire Chipper Jones tonight in a pregame ceremony, but the team has not yet said what that will entail. Jones will retire after the Braves’ playoff run and figures to be a sure Hall of Famer. “He has made a difference in the game. He obviously has made a difference in that organization,” said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who first saw Jones play a few eons ago in the Florida Instructional League. “One of the premier switch-hitters of all time. He has done the game well and the game has done him well. It’s been a good relationship.”
»»» Since the All-Star break, Andrew McCutchen ranks sixth in jersey sales, according to sales figures released by MLB. The top five are Derek Jeter, Josh Hamilton, Ichiro Suzuki, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout.
»»» If you haven’t already, check out this fine feature about Nate McLouth, which was written by my good friend Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Ryan Doumit told Connolly that McLouth was “blindsided” by the trade that sent McLouth to Atlanta in 2009.”He loved Pittsburgh and he was under the impression he’d be there long-term, or at least the next three years. I don’t think he ever really got over that,” Doumit said. “It was a face-of-the-team deal for him and then he goes to Atlanta and he’s just another guy on that team. He certainly wasn’t the same type of player in Atlanta that we saw in Pittsburgh.”
Game 160: Braves @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET
Braves (93-66): 1. Michael Bourn cf, 2. Martin Prado lf, 3. Jason Heyward rf, 4. Chipper Jones 3b, 5. Freddy Freeman 1b, 6. Dan Uggla 2b, 7. Brian McCann c, 8. Andrelton Simmons ss, 9. Paul Maholm lhp (13-10, 3.71)
Pirates (77-82): 1. Starling Marte lf, 2. Chase d’Arnaud 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Gaby Sanchez 1b , 5. Michael McKenry c, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Jose Tabata rf, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. Jeff Locke lhp (0-3, 6.35)