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Dodgers star mum on holy day plans

Dodgers first baseman Shawn Green does not want to discuss whether he'll play this weekend in two key games against the Giants on Yom Kippur, the holiest holiday on the Jewish calendar.

Los Angeles leads San Francisco by 2{ in the NL West with 13 games left.

Yom Kippur starts at sunset Friday, and the three-game series at San Francisco starts that night. Saturday's game was given a 1:05 p.m. PDT start because it will be televised by Fox, and the Jewish Day of Atonement does not end until sunset that night.

"I'm not talking about it yet," Green said Sunday after his two-run, ninth-inning homer lifted Los Angeles over Colorado 7-6. "I don't want the media making a big deal out of it."

Asked if he had decided, but just didn't want to say yet, Green responded: "I just don't want to talk about it yet."

Green has missed 10 of 797 games in nearly five seasons with the Dodgers, including Sept. 26, 2001, when he observed Yom Kippur and ended a streak of 415 games played.

The Dodgers' Sandy Koufax did not pitch in the 1965 World Series opener against Minnesota because it was played on Yom Kippur.

BONDS RESTS: Barry Bonds rested in the Giants' series finale against the Padres.

Bonds was exhausted after hitting homers in the previous two games, including his 700th Friday night. He hit No. 701 Saturday but also struck out twice in a game for the third time this season.

Manager Felipe Alou penciled Bonds into his early lineup but replaced the leftfielder with Ricky Ledee before the game.

"Barry's legs are heavy, and his last at-bats Saturday were pretty much wasted," Alou said. "I talked him into playing earlier, but he said he'd see how he felt."

ASTROS: Houston purchased the contract of catcher Chris Tremie from Triple-A New Orleans and optioned right-hander Kirk Bullinger to the Zephyrs.

BLUE JAYS: The contracts of left-hander Gustavo Chacin and right-hander Brandon League were purchased from Double-A New Hampshire.

CARDINALS: Third baseman Scott Rolen missed his eighth straight start with a strained left calf but could return in the next few days. St. Louis, having clinched the NL Central, plans to be cautious.

MARLINS: Right-hander A.J. Burnett, sidelined with elbow inflammation, threw in the bullpen for 10 minutes and felt discomfort toward the end. The setback will indefinitely delay the return of Burnett, who has missed one start.

RANGERS: Outfielder Chad Allen and right-hander Kameron Loe were recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma.

TWINS: First baseman Justin Morneau, bothered by a deep bone bruise in his left hand, had a cortisone shot and will miss at least another game. Morneau was hit by a pitch from Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia on Aug. 22.