SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds is advising Rickey Henderson
not to try to make a comeback just to regain the walks record.
"If he comes back, he will never catch me," Bonds said with a
chuckle.Bonds became baseball's all-time walks leader, breaking
Henderson's major league record when he drew his 2,191st from Chad
Bradford in the eighth inning of the San Francisco Giants' 9-6 loss
to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.The six-time NL MVP then strolled to first base and picked up
the bag to save as a memento of his latest amazing milestone."I don't know how to react to a walks record," Bonds said.
"It's just another one. I'd rather hit, but the circumstances it's
just what it is. I need a ring with all these other records."Eric Byrnes hit a pair of three-run homers for a career-high six
RBI, and Mark Mulder won his career-best ninth straight decision
for the A's.On his record-breaking walk, Bonds fell behind 0-2 then drew
four straight balls. He received a standing ovation, then went to
retrieve the base.What will he do with it?"I haven't decided yet -- I just got it today," he said.Bonds walked on a 3-2 pitch from Mulder leading off the sixth
inning to tie Henderson. Bonds was plunked on the right hand in the
second inning and threw his bat down in pain and frustration, but
stayed in the game. He hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and struck
out to end the game."That's incredible," Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda said. "I
never thought anybody was going to break it. That's unreal. Barry's
a cleanup hitter. Henderson was a leadoff hitter who's supposed to
walk. Wow. Unbelievable. Awesome!"Bonds, the most feared slugger in the game, has been drawing
walks at a remarkable rate in recent years as few teams are willing
to challenge him. He already has 121 walks in the Giants' first 82
games -- including 63 intentional passes -- and is on pace to shatter
his single-season record of 198 set in 2002.Mulder made it clear he wasn't trying to plunk fellow All-Star
Bonds. Bonds was selected by the fans to start for the NL, and
Mulder was chosen by players, mangers and coaches for the AL squad."I hit Bonds with a 2-1 fastball going in," Mulder said.
"Unfortunately I got him on the hand. I'm not trying to hit him
there. He's right on the plate and I'm just trying to come inside.
With him, guys tend to overthrow things because he's so good."Byrnes provided the offense for Mulder at this ballpark again.On June 29 last year, Byrnes hit for the cycle in San Francisco
with Mulder on the mound. He is batting .483 (14-for-29) with three
homers and nine RBI at SBC Park."I love hitting here. It's comfy," he said.Octavio Dotel gave up a homer to pinch-hitter J.T. Snow leading
off the ninth before getting the final three outs.Mulder (11-2) got double plays in the first and second innings.
He hit Ray Durham in the fifth to load the bases, then allowed
Deivi Cruz's RBI single that pulled the Giants to 5-3 before
Marquis Grissom grounded into a double play.San Francisco reliever Tyler Walker was ejected in the sixth for
hitting Mulder with a pitch on his right side, causing manager
Felipe Alou to charge out and scream for several minutes at the
umpires because the benches hadn't been warned.Then Felix Rodriguez was ejected in the eighth for hitting
Byrnes, and Alou was also thrown out for arguing."My question is, how many guys on my team have to be hit for
the other pitcher to get ejected -- three, five, six or eight?"
Alou said.Said home plate umpire Marty Foster: "The two Giants guys got
hit and that was deemed unintentional. When they hit Mulder, that
was deemed intentional because of the location of it."Byrnes had his second career multihomer game and second this
year. He also did it June 12 against Pittsburgh. Byrnes hit his
first homer in the third to stake Mulder to a 4-0 lead. He hit the
next one in the sixth, giving him 10 on the year.The A's added an unearned run in the fourth after a passed ball
by Giants catcher Yorvit Torrealba. Scott Hatteberg got things
started with his first-inning RBI single.Jerome Williams (7-6) wasn't sharp and had just one 1-2-3
inning. He was done after 78 pitches. The right-hander was tagged
for four earned runs on seven hits in four innings, struck out six
and walked one.The Giants added two runs in the eighth, one on a passed ball by
Bradford.The teams finished their six-game interleague series at 3-3,
each taking two of three in the other's ballpark.
Oakland's Tim Hudson and the Giants' Jason Schmidt also
were picked by their peers for the All-Star team. ... Bonds' walks
to first have covered 37.3 miles. ... A's 3B Eric Chavez will begin
a rehab assignment Monday, just more than a month after he broke
his right hand when hit by a pitch. Chavez will join Triple-A
Sacramento for a game at Fresno on Monday, and he will be the DH.
Whether he will rejoin the A's before the All-Star break is
uncertain. ... Oakland's Ramon Castro got his first major league
hit with a single up the middle in the fourth.