MLB Notes: Braves to retire Chipper Jones' number

MLB Notes: Braves to retire Chipper Jones' number
February 19, 2013, 9:15 pm
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With spring training is in full effect down in Clearwater, Fla., for the Phillies, Jimmy Rollins sat down with Jim Salisbury to discuss a variety of topics, including the state of the Phillies (see story).

Here is a look at other notable news around MLB:

Braves to retire No. 10
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves will retire Chipper Jones' number and induct him into the team's hall of fame on June 28.

The Braves announced Tuesday they will hold a banquet and ceremony honoring Jones before their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jones spent his entire two-decade career with the Braves before retiring after last season. He won the National League MVP in 1999, claimed the league batting title in 2008 and was an eight-time All Star.

No. 10 will be 10th number retired by the Braves, joining Hank Aaron's 44, Eddie Mathews' 41, Dale Murphy's 3, Phil Niekro's 35, Warren Spahn's 21, Greg Maddux's 31, Tom Glavine's 47, Bobby Cox's 6, and John Smoltz's 29. All major league teams retired No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.

Kimbrel sinks hole-in-one
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was almost unhittable in 2012. He has bigger plans this season.

He got off to a great start on Monday with a hole-in-one at the tough ChampionsGate Golf Club. Kimbrel lost sight of the ball on the 180-yard second hole and figured it fell into a greenside bunker. He looked everywhere except the hole.

Kimbrel says he "couldn't believe it," adding, "I think it went in on the fly. It was my first one."

He got a break after the round when he was made aware that it was up to anyone shooting an ace to buy a round of drinks for everyone.

Kimbrel says laughing, "It was a charity event. There was an open bar. I paid for it all."

Garza done for a week
The Chicago Cubs shut down pitcher Matt Garza for a week, according to's Patrick Mooney.

Garza underwent an MRI which revealed a minor strain in his lat.

"It's safe to say it pushed back his first Cactus League start," GM Jed Hoyer said. "What it means for the regular season, it's clearly much too early to say. But we felt like it was really good news."

Garza made 18 starts for the Cubs last season with a 5-7 record and 3.91 ERA.

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