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Flurry of records about to fall
Glavine goes for 300th win; A-Rod seeks HR No. 500
By JANIE MccAULEy
The AssociATed Press

T h e D a i ly i l l i n i
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Barry Bonds tries again to tie Hank Aaron’s mark. A-Rod chases his 500th home run. Tom Glavine goes for career victory No. 300. Tuesday could be one of baseball’s biggest milestone nights — and there’s the craziness of the trading deadline, too. It would be quite a memorable night if Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Glavine all make history within a matter of hours. From Chavez Ravine to the Bronx and Brew City, it’s going to be a fun night. “I’d like to see everyone do it,” said the Giants’ Mark Sweeney. “The history of the game is special, and it glorifies the others who have done stuff. It glorifies what the game is all about.” Yet there’s no guarantee Bonds will be in the starting lineup for the series opener at the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. “We’ll see,” was all Giants manager Bruce Bochy would say Sunday. Bonds hit his 754th home run Friday night against Florida, then went 1-for-7 with five walks the rest of the weekend. That leaves him trying to match Aaron’s mark on the road, and the atmosphere won’t be friendly. The hostile Dodger crowd likely will try to make Bonds uncomfortable in left field and at the plate this week. The Giants then head farther south to San Diego for the weekend. “It’s easy to just go and be against him,” said San Francisco center fielder Dave Roberts, who has played for both the Dodgers and Padres. “I hope people go above that. In my perfect world, that’s the way it is.” When Bonds isn’t in the batter’s box, he has been in front of the personal flat-screen TV at his corner clubhouse locker — hoping to see Rodriguez reach 500. Since hitting No. 499 on Wednesday in Kansas City, Rodriguez is 0-for-12 with five strikeouts. New York opens a homestand against visiting Chicago White Sox on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. A-Rod, who turned 32 on Friday, is bidding to break Jimmie Foxx’s record (32, 338 days) as the youngest to reach 500. “Nobody will ever beat that,” Bonds said. Even Ryan Howard? “Not a chance,” the slugger said. Glavine and the New York Mets will be at Milwaukee. He looks to become baseball’s 23rd 300-game winner, at age 41 and in his 20th

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Barry Bonds connects for his 754th career home run, bringing him to within one of Hank Aaron’s record, off Rick Vanden Hurk on Friday in San Francisco. Bonds’ status for tonight’s game remains uncertain, according to manager Bruce Bochy.
major league season. The left-handBonds would first see All-Star er gave up Bonds’ 745th home run righty Brad Penny on Tuesday, folback on May 8, but also got his lowed by 6-foot-9 left-hander Mark 294th victory in that game. Hendrickson and then former team“I anticipate a sigh of relief,” mate and righty Brett Tomko in Glavine said of having it all over. Thursday night’s series finale. Still, much of the focus out West Bonds doesn’t seem to care. John will be on Bonds. Smoltz and Tim Hudson of AtlanThe 43-year-old slugger couldn’t ta went right after him last week, tie Aaron at home and is and so did Marlins lefty booed and derided on the Dontrelle Willis on Friroad, partly because of day night. steroid suspicions surBonds started only rounding his quest. In three of the Giants’ St. Louis, fans hollered seven games during the every time the ball headteam’s previous trip to BArry BoNds ed his way in left field san Frasncisco Giants Chicago and Milwaubut they also yelled at kee, resting his legs for their own pitcher whenthree days before conever Bonds was walked. necting twice on July 19. Roberts played 2½ seasons for Bochy insists he’s not planning to Los Angeles before the Dodgers try to manipulate history — meandealt him to the Red Sox midway ing sit Bonds during the trip to betthrough Boston’s 2004 champion- ter the chance Bonds hits No. 756 ship season. at home. “I played in Los Angeles, and I’d “We’re not changing anything,” like to think they get it as well,” Bochy said. “I don’t think Barry’s he said. “They’re different kind of going to change anything. We’re fans. This is beyond the rivalry. hitting a big road trip here against This is history. Then they can go two teams at the top of our diviback to the rivalry stuff.” sion. We’re not going to change our approach and I don’t see Barry changing his approach.” Bonds wouldn’t address how he thought he would be treated come Tuesday, saying the focus needs to stay on the team. “Probably what it normally is,” Bochy said of the atmosphere. “They like having a good time with Barry. It’s not going to affect him. He’s used to it. I don’t think the reception will be any different. I don’t know if they can take it up another notch. They’re probably the loudest of the road teams we play.” If Aaron’s record falls elsewhere, the Giants hope Bonds would be cheered — in spite of the steroid allegations that have surrounded his pursuit and the notion that he’s just plain not a nice guy. “I certainly would hope so,” Bochy said, “because of the history that’s being created that it would be acknowledged.” Notes: ESPN2 has added broadcasts of the Giants’ games Tuesday and Wednesday night at Los Angeles as Bonds chases the record. Both games start at 10 p.m. EDT.

“Nobody will ever beat that.”