Blame the New York hotel bed: Chipper Jones scratched from lineup with back soreness

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After checking into his hotel room in New York yesterday Chipper Jones tweeted the following:

There was a happy ending when someone from the hotel noticed his tweets and showed up at his door to fix the problems without being asked. Or at least it seemed like a happy ending at the time.

Apparently the bed really did make his back spasm up, because Jones was a late scratch from the Braves’ lineup today with … back soreness.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.