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Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves Reps Come up Big in 2012 All-Star Game

July 10th, 2012 at 11:45 PM
By Cody Fields

Chipper Jones picked up a hit and a good laugh in the 2012 All-Star Game, the last one of us career. Dan Uggla also picked up a hit and an RBI in the National League's 8-0 win at Kauffman Stadium.

With a second half pennant race ahead of them, the Atlanta Braves now know that if they happen to make it to the World Series in Jones' final season, they will have home field advantage, thanks in part to Uggla's RBI-infield single that was part of the NL's five-run first inning off Justin Verlander.

But Chipper, who got standing ovations from the Kansas City fans during the pre-game introductions and when he came up to bat in the top of the sixth against Chris Sale. Jones jumped on the first pitch he saw from Sale and nubbed a grounder to Ian Kinsler, but Kinsler broke the wrong way as the ball trickled into right field. When Chipper saw that he was going to end up with a cheap single in his final All-Star Game, he couldn't help but chuckle halfway down the baseline.

Craig Kimbrel got in on the action in the bottom of the eighth. He struck out Asdrubal Cabrera and Kinsler in his 2/3 inning of work.

Michael Bourn struck out against Jim Johsnon in his only at-bat in the eighth.

The win was the NL's third straight All-Star win. Since the winner of the All-Star game has determined home field advantage, the team with home field advantage has won six of nine times.

Tags: 2012 All-Star Game, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, Craig Kimbrel, Dan Uggla, Michael Bourn, MLB

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