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Bonds hits first homer of year

By wire services
Published September 17, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO - Barry 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 Giants.

Bonds sent a 1-0 offspeed 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.

It was the 41-year-old Bonds' first home run since a solo shot last Sept. 26 against the Dodgers' Jeff Weaver, a span of 354 days.

JURISPRUDENCE: Former Braves pitcher Rick Camp was sentenced to federal prison for roughly three years for conspiring to steal more than $2-million from a mental health agency. He was sentenced Thursday along with four others. ... Police officers involved in the fatal pellet gun shooting of a Red Sox fan outside Fenway Park were suspended, demoted or reprimanded but will keep their jobs, commissioner Kathleen O'Toole announced.

The officers learned earlier this week they won't face criminal charges in the death of 21-year-old Victoria Snelgrove last fall.

SILVA DONE: Right-hander Carlos Silva will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee "as soon as possible," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

The announcement officially ends the season for Silva, who was diagnosed with the injury in April.

OBITUARY: Charlie Williams, the first black umpire to work behind home plate in a World Series game, has died. He was 61.

Williams, of Chicago, died Sept. 10 of complications from diabetes in Oak Lawn, Ill.

Williams was the home-plate umpire for the marathon Game 4 of the 1993 World Series between Philadelphia and Toronto.

ASTROS: Shortstop Adam Everett will miss the three-game series with Milwaukee after returning to Georgia for his daughter's surgery.

DODGERS: Shortstop Cesar Izturis had ligament replacement surgery on his troublesome right elbow, and the team hopes he will return by next year's All-Star break.

ORIOLES: Rafael Palmeiro is expected to rejoin the team for its final homestand, although he will see limited action after being sidelined at home in Texas with knee and ankle injuries.

ROCKIES: Starter Zach Day was knocked out of the game on his second pitch as line drive broke the thumb on his pitching hand. Diamondbacks leadoff hitter Craig Counsell drove the pitch back to the mound about a foot above Day's knees, and Day instinctively stopped the ball with his bare right hand.

TIGERS: Dr. Lewis Yocum said closer Troy Percival doesn't need surgery on his right elbow. Percival said he plans to do rehab and strengthening exercises, and being throwing again in December. Percival, 36, has been sidelined since July 10 because of a muscle tear in his elbow.

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