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The Orioles didn't play yesterday as they made their way from Seattle down to Oakland for three games against the A's, but Barry Bonds gave us something to bring you this morning.

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Sort of like the scary guy in the horror movies, just when you think he's dead and you're safe ... HE JUMPS BACK UP AGAIN!!!

Apparently, Bonds was just giving us false hope with that 0-for-21 slump because yesterday he slammed two more homers against the Cubs to continue his assault on Hank Aaron's all-time record of 755. Notice how the word assault really seems to apply here, as if it were a crime.

Bonds' first of two homers, a blast that left Wrigley Field, came against Chicago starter Ted Lilly, a guy who turns into a batting practice pitcher against the Giants' slugger. The second, against Will Ohman, just managed to land in a basket at the wall. Despite Bonds hitting No. 752 and No. 753, the Giants still lost, 9-8.

Also interesting is how relatively pleasant Bonds is being these days. For instance, yesterday he talked poignantly about how when the umpires switch baseballs when he bats (using special commemorative ones), the import of it all settles in on him. It's as if he believes that his career will be defined and he'll be remembered by his actions now as opposed to what's happened over the last few years.

It reminds me of a line from a Bill Cosby comedy routine when he talks about his own mother and how she changed after he had children and, as a grandmother, she became sweet and mellow.

"That's not the same woman I grew up with," he said, "you're looking at an old person who's trying to get into Heaven now."

*  Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia became the first pitcher in the majors to reach 13 wins with a 7-5 victory over Texas. Sabathia got back on track by going six innings and giving up four runs (three earned) after having lost his last two starts when he gave up 13 runs in 11 innings.

*  The thing about trying to update a daytime event in Europe is that it becomes a moving target.  The latest from the British Open being held at Carnoustie in Scotland as we type this is that Spaniard Sergio Garcia still has the lead about midway through his round on the second day. He shot a 6-under 65 yesterday, putting him four strokes in front of Tiger Woods, who is hunting for his third straight British Open title. We'll keep an eye on it.

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