Barry Bonds needed just 11 at-bats after a season-long layoff to hit career home run No. 704.
Bonds moved one homer closer to Hank Aaron’s all-time record of 755 on Friday night with a solo shot in the slugger’s fourth start of the year for the San Francisco Giants.
Bonds sent a 1-0 off-speed pitch from Los Angeles starter Brad Penny into the seats in right-center. He missed most of the year recovering from three operations on his right knee since Jan. 31.
Clearing the bases
Colorado starter Zach Day was knocked out of the game against Arizona on his second pitch when a line drive broke his right thumb.
“Shortstop Cesar Izturis had ligament replacement surgery on his troublesome right elbow, and the Los Angeles Dodgers hope he will return by next year’s All-Star break.
“Cincinnati first baseman Sean Casey sustained a concussion and was taken off on a stretcher after Pittsburgh’s Humberto Cota accidentally struck him under the right eye.
The Reds said during the second game of a doubleheader that Casey’s CT scan at a Pittsburgh hospital was normal and Casey was experiencing a headache and neck soreness.
“Right-hander Bryan Bullington, the No. 1 pick in the June 2002 draft, was among five players called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates from Triple-A Indianapolis.
“Troy Percival doesn’t need surgery on his right elbow.
The Detroit Tigers’ closer got the news from Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Los Angeles Angels’ team physician.
Percival, who turned 36 last month, has been sidelined since July 10 because of a muscle tear in his elbow. The 11-year veteran has recorded 324 career saves.
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