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Bonds won't be honored for 2nd place

By TIMES WIRES
Published April 28, 2006


NEW YORK - Barry Bonds will have to wait until he passes Hank Aaron before baseball throws a party for him.

Major League Baseball is not planning any celebration for Bonds if and when he tops Babe Ruth's 714 home runs, commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday.

"Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record," Selig said. "We don't celebrate anybody the second or third time in."

Bonds, the target of steroids rumors, hit his 711th homer Wednesday.

NATIONALS SALE: Selig is likely to pick a new owner within a few days, and the team probably will change hands in June, the sport's No. 2 official said.

Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, said Selig intends to have owners vote on the sale when they meet May 17-18 in New York. DuPuy also said a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Nationals' ballpark is likely to take place Thursday.

 

SABATHIA SOLID: Left-hander C.C. Sabathia could return soon to the Indians rotation after making 75 pitches in five strong innings in a rehabilitation start at Triple-A Buffalo. Sabathia strained an abdominal muscle on opening day.

 

WILSON ROCKED IN REHAB: Reds right-hander Paul Wilson, a former Devil Ray, allowed six runs, four earned, and 10 hits in seven innings for Class A Dayton in his first rehabilitation start since extensive shoulder surgery in June.

 

ROOKIE SIDELINED: Mets right-hander Brian Bannister was listed as day to day with a mildly strained right hamstring.

 

UMPS STRIKE: Striking minor-league umpires and management settled an unfair labor practice charge filed by the union after resuming bargaining this week following a layoff of 21/2 months. Umpires, who have been on strike all season, claimed the Professional Umpire Development Corp. threatened to fire employees who went on strike.