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March 7, 2007 at 12:08 PM

Bonds Blooper

No, he didn’t say anything that will make him look foolish on camera or in the newspapers. But Barry Bonds did create a blooper off his bat in the first inning, placing a ball between left fielder Raul Ibanez and third baseman Mike Morse for a double — yes a double. Bonds could have settled for a single, but he actually hustled into second base and even slid into the bag just ahead of the throw. That didn’t stop the fans from booing.
It also didn’t stop Felix Hernandez from breezing through the frame on just six pitches, despite allowing the cheap hit. That’s fairly tough to do, but Hernandez got quick ground ball outs on Dave Roberts and Omar Vizquel, then got Bengie Molina to line out to right to end the inning after Bonds got on.
For the record, Bonds didn’t leave the visitors’ clubhouse until 11:40 a.m. (PST), hopped on a golf cart and was driven to the dugout, shouting “Watch out for the handicapped!” Fans called out his name as the cart motored on to the dugout, but Bonds hopped out, ventured into the dugout and remained there until he emerged for his first-inning at-bat.
Adrian Beltre was a late scratch from the lineup because of what is said to be a sore shoulder. Here are the new lineups:
Seattle (1-5)
51 Ichiro RF
4 Jose Lopez 2B
5 Jose Vidro DH
28 Raul Ibanez LF
44 Richie Sexson 1B
23 Ben Broussard RF
2 Kenji Johjima C
3 Yuniesky Betancourt SS
12 Mike Morse 3B
34 Felix Hernandez — RHP
San Francisco (4-2)
10 Dave Roberts CF
13 Omar Vizquel SS
25 Barry bonds DH
1 Bengie Molina C
2 Randy Winn RF
9 Mark Sweeney 1B
68 Justin Leone 3B
40 Daniel Ortmeier LF
19 Kevin Frandsen 2B

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