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Setting appropriate for Bonds

Associated Press
Published September 14, 2004

Barry Bonds always prefers to reach his milestones at home. With the Giants on the road the next three games, hitting his 700th homer in the city where Hank Aaron began his pursuit of the career record would be almost as special.

After hitting home run No.699 in his final at-bat Sunday in Arizona, Bonds gets his first shot at 700 tonight when the Giants open a three-game series at Milwaukee.

"That would be nice," Bonds said. "I'll wait and see what happens.

"I've just got to focus on the next game against Milwaukee; you know, kind of get a feel of what's going on out there first. I don't know what's going to happen."

The Brewers start 11-game winner Doug Davis in the opener. The left-hander is one of 414 pitchers to surrender a homer to Bonds during the slugger's 19-year career.

As hard as it has been for Bonds to get hittable pitches lately, he's more focused on the wild-card race, which the Giants lead going into Milwaukee. Bonds keeps reminding everybody that his accomplishments are going to mean less to him later if he never wins a World Series ring.

The Giants fell six outs short in 2002, losing to Anaheim in seven.

"The excitement is just the fact that we're still in this whole thing right now and all of you guys voted us to be second to last. That's what's gratifying," he said.

Bonds is third on the career homers list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Aaron, who hit 420 of his 755 while playing for the Milwaukee Braves and Brewers.

Bonds has 41 home runs this season, but getting them is becoming increasingly difficult as he sees fewer and fewer pitches to hit. He walked twice Sunday, upping his record total to 203 this season.

"If you don't start your car eventually, the battery goes dead," Bonds said.

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