Friday, April 30, 2004

Another game, another Bonds milestone

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds hit his 668th home run Thursday, giving Bonds and his late father, Bobby, a total of 1,000.

Bonds connected for his 10th homer this season on a 3-2 pitch from Florida Marlins right-hander Brad Penny in the sixth inning. The homer pulled the San Francisco Giants within 2-1.

The 39-year-old Bonds is third on the all-time list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).

Bonds hadn't homered in seven games, since the six-time MVP failed to tie the major-league mark for consecutive games with a home run April 21.

The streak ended at seven in an 11-0 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Bobby Bonds hit 332 home runs and stole 461 bases in a 14-year career with the Giants, New York Yankees, California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Texas, Cleveland, St. Louis and the Cubs.

The next-highest father-son total is 636 by Ken Griffey Sr. (152) and Ken Griffey Jr. (484).

YANKEES: Derek Jeter snapped an 0-for-32 slump with a home run on the first pitch thrown by Barry Zito in the New York Yankees' game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night.

Jeter drove his first homer of the season over the left-field fence and into Monument Park for his first hit since an infield single against the Chicago White Sox on April 20.

ROYALS: Kansas City infielder Desi Relaford was activated from the disabled list after pulling his left hamstring in his first at-bat of the season.

Relaford, who had been rehabbing at Triple-A Omaha, was in the lineup Thursday, starting at shortstop against Texas.

Relaford hurt his hamstring in the April 5 opener while running to first on a single.

To make roster space, the Royals optioned shortstop Andres Blanco, 20, the youngest player in the majors. Blanco hit .259 and committed three errors in nine games.

RANGERS: Texas activated first baseman Mark Teixeira from the 15-day disabled list Thursday.

Teixeira, who has been out with a strained muscle in his left side, was hitting .280 with two home runs and seven RBI in seven games before he was injured.

To make room for Teixeira, the Rangers optioned first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to Triple-A Oklahoma. Gonzalez hit .276 with one homer and four RBI in eight games with Texas.

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