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Chipper Jones relishing final homestand in Atlanta

ATLANTA — With one last trip to the postseason assured, Chipper Jones is relishing the final days of his last season.

Atlanta, which clinched a wild-card spot on Tuesday night, is still chasing the Nationals in the NL East. That's not all that motivates the 40-year-old Jones to keep playing every day.

Jones, who plans to retire after the season, normally rests his aching knees every few days. Not this week. He says he's starting every game in the six-game homestand that ends Sunday because he doesn't want to disappoint fans coming to see him play.

Jones, hitting .295, remains a key part of Atlanta's lineup. He is batting cleanup Thursday night against the Marlins.

The Braves will honor Jones before Friday night's game against the Mets.