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Bonds, Leyland talk about series, future

The reality of playing what could be his last home game in Pittsburgh caught up with Pirates star Barry Bonds.

An emotional Bonds met with manager Jim Leyland for about 90 minutes after Saturday's playoff game. Bonds will become a free agent after the season and is expected to leave the Pirates. Leyland, speaking to reporters before Sunday's fifth game, said the two had a "tremendous" discussion.

"It was something like a father-son talk," Leyland said. "I think there's some uncertainty as to where he's going to be and if we'll be together anymore."

Bonds, who had one hit in 11 at-bats through Saturday, told Leyland he felt bad about his performance.

"He felt he let me and the ballclub down, but that's not the case," Leyland said. "He's not the only guy who hasn't produced."

What's next

Today is a travel day. If there is a Game 6, it will be Tuesday night at 8:35. The Pirates will send rookie knuckleballer Tim Wakefield to the mound against Atlanta's Tom Glavine. Wakefield won Game 3 by tossing a complete-game five-hitter at the somewhat baffled Braves. Game 7 would be Wednesday. The World Series will begin Saturday at the home of the NL champ.

Lost chances

The Pirates were expected to run early and often on Braves catcher Damon Berryhill, who threw out only 17 percent of opposing baserunners during the season. It hasn't happened.

The Pirates tried to run early in Game 1, and Berryhill threw out Orlando Merced. Pittsburgh didn't try again until Game 5.

_ MARC TOPKIN

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