April 2007 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Bonds Hits HR's No. 736, 737 On Consecutive At-Bats
Barry Bonds hit the 736th and 737th home runs of his career Friday night in the city where he began his career 21 years ago, homering on consecutive at-bats in the second and fourth innings against the Pirates. Left-hander Zach Duke became the 436th pitcher to allow a Bonds homer when the Giants left fielder hit a line drive just inside the foul pole down the right-field line in the second inning, a two-run shot. Bonds hit a longer drive in the fourth, a shot into the right-center stands off Shawn Chacon, Bonds' third homer of his career against the right-hander. Bonds needs just 19 more homers to break Hank Aaron's career record of 755.
Reds Activate Milton To Start Against Pirates
The Reds activated Eric Milton from the 15-day disabled list and started the lefthander in Sunday's game against the Pirates. Milton was bothered by lower back spasms in spring training. The Reds placed rookie righthander Jared Burton on the 15-day DL to make room on the roster for Milton. Burton has a strained left hamstring.
Pirates Activate Sanchez Off 15-Day DL
The Pirates activated NL batting champion Freddy Sanchez off the 15-day disabled list Saturday, reuniting him with the team in time for the final game of a series against the Reds. The Pirates also optioned Ryan Doumit to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he will be the everyday catcher. Sanchez, who hit .344 last season, sprained his right knee while turning a double play in a game on March 6. The second baseman didn't get back onto the field until the final days of spring training, and wanted to play a few games in the minors to refine his swing.
Nady Accidentally Knocks Dunn's Fly Ball Over The Wall
Pittsburgh right fielder Xavier Nady accidentally knocked Adam Dunn's fly ball over the wall for a two-run homer in the first inning Saturday, then stood with his hands on his hips in disbelief over his gaffe. Dunn's high fly got caught in the swirling wind and drove Nady within a step of the green-padded wall. Nady reached for the ball, which smacked the middle of his glove and then deflected into the first row of seats, hitting a gray-coated man wearing a Reds cap.
Sanchez To Begin Season On DL
Freddy Sanchez will begin the season on the disabled list, the Pirates announced Saturday. While the news was not all that surprising, the reason for it may have been. "It's not so much the knee. I don't feel good at the plate," said Sanchez, who's been battling a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee since March 6. "I don't feel like I'd be able to go in there in the bottom of the ninth against [Astros reliever Brad] Lidge and have a good, quality at-bat." And so Sanchez was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 23. He'll be eligible to return after the first four games of the season, on April 7 in Cincinnati. Sanchez twisted his knee while turning a double play against the Phillies nearly a month ago, and general manager Dave Littlefield had said that once his starting second baseman was able to run the bases comfortably, he'd let Sanchez defend his National League batting crown.