Baseball Notable

Barry Bonds

hit his first home run of the season last night, connecting with two out and none on in the first inning off San Diego's

Chris Young


The homer was No. 735 in the San Francisco Giants slugger's pursuit of Hank Aaron's record of 755.

Ken Griffey Jr. plans to wear No. 42 on April 15, honoring the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breaking baseball's color barrier.

Yankees centerfielder Johnny Damon, still suffering from a sore right calf, was not in the posted lineup for New York's game with visiting Tampa Bay. The game was rained out.

The Kansas City Royals put closer Octavio Dotel on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle in his left side.

The Washington Nationals started their third shortstop in three games, with Felipe Lopez moving over from second base.

Opening-day shortstop Cristian Guzman strained his left hamstring, then was put on the 15-day DL Tuesday. Josh Wilson started the second game.

Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn, who will enter the Hall of Fame together this summer, will serve as analysts for TBS beginning July 1, reported.

A bronze statue of the late Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, a former Phillie, will be created in West Covina, Calif., where he played high school baseball.

Lidle was killed in a private plane crash in Manhattan on Oct. 11.

Detroit Tigers reliever Jose Mesa, a former Phillie, will be available tonight after serving a two-day suspension for a beanball battle last season when he was with Colorado.

Cincinnati's Eric Milton, another former Phillie, threw to hitters before last night's game and is expected start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The lefthander is on the disabled list with a sore back.

The Seattle Mariners and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt agreed to a multimillion-dollar, three-year contract extension.

- Associated Press