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BONDS SLAMS NO. 754, WITHIN ONE OF AARON

MAKING NEWS

Barry Bonds, above, hit his 754th career home run Friday night, moving within one of tying Hank Aaron's record. He later walked in the third; see tampabay.com for his later at-bats and additional details. Bonds sent a 2-and-1 pitch from Rick Vanden Hurk over the wall in left-center in the first against the Marlins, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead on his 20th homer of the season. The 43-year-old, whose drive was estimated at 420 feet, connected off his 444th pitcher. Fans screamed in delight at Bonds' first HR at home since he connected for No. 750 on June 29 against Arizona's Livan Hernandez. They chanted "Barry! Barry!" as he rounded the bases.

OUT OF BOUNDS

Royals OF hits reporter with pellet

Royals outfielder Emil Brown hit a TV reporter near the eye with a pellet from a small plastic gun in the team's clubhouse. A team spokesman said Brown didn't mean to shoot KMBC reporter Karen Kornacki with the plastic pellet gun. Kornacki was interviewing shortstop Tony Pena before the game when she felt the pellet hit near her left eye, said Gary Roberts, KMBC's assistant news director. Kornacki ended the interview and left the locker room. "I don't think she's seriously injured," Roberts said. "She was certainly a little shaken by it." Royals spokesman Toby Cook said the team apologized and was investigating. "We're terribly sorry it happened," he said. "I don't know actually what happened. ... The powers that be are looking into it."

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