Chipper Jones plans to play in 2011 following knee surgery

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Chipper Jones just announced during a press conference this afternoon that he will undergo season-ending knee surgery and plans to rehab with the intention of playing in 2011.
Earlier this season Jones more or less announced that he planned to retire, but apparently he either changed his mind somewhere along the way or simply doesn’t want to be go out because of an injury.
“I’m going to go through this rehab process just like I was going to get ready for spring training,” Jones said. “I fully expect to come into camp next spring, ready to go.”
Prior to the injury Jones hit .307/.391/.533 with four homers and five doubles in 23 games since the All-Star break and he cited that turnaround following a poor (for him, at least) first half as part of the reason for his change of plans. He’s under contract for $13 million next season and $13 million in 2012, and his announcement seemingly makes the Braves far less likely to acquire a long-term solution at third base like Chone Figgins.

Astros clinch postseason berth with 11-3 win over Angels

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No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.

First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.

On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.

Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.