MLB Notebook: Aaron won't be at game when Bonds gets record

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Hank Aaron

doesn't plan to be at the ballpark if and when Barry Bonds breaks his home run record.

"Uh-uh. No, no. I'm not going to be around," Aaron was quoted as saying in yesterday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bonds has 735 homers, 20 short of Aaron's career record.

Aaron said he wouldn't attend if Bonds were within reach of the record when the San Francisco Giants play at Atlanta from Aug. 14-16. "I'd probably fly to West Palm Beach to play golf," Aaron said. "It has nothing to do with anybody, other than I had enough of it. I don't want to be around that sort of thing anymore.

"I just want to be at peace with myself. I don't want to answer questions. It's going to be a no-win situation for me anyway. If I go, people are going to say, 'Well, he went because of this.' If I don't go, they'll say whatever. I'll just let them make their own mind up."

Aaron said commissioner Bud Selig has told him that Bonds has asked several times why Aaron hasn't contacted him as he approaches the record.

"I don't talk to anybody, really, and I've never talked to Barry, outside of that commercial we did together a few years ago, and a few other short times," Aaron said. "I'm 72 years old, and I'm not hopping on a plane and flying all the way to San Francisco for anybody."

Orioles

Jay Payton's debut with Baltimore will be delayed for at least another week. Payton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring was scheduled to be activated today.

Padres

Chris Young has impressed San Diego enough to earn a $14.5 million, four-year contract that would be worth $23 million if the team exercises a 2011 option.

Rangers

Texas purchased the contract of right-hander Jamey Wright. Wright, Texas' No. 5 starter, made his debut with the team against the Devil Rays.

Mets

New York reliever Duaner Sanchez had shoulder surgery and is expected to begin his rehabilitation within two months.

Red Sox

Former teammates Brendan Donnelly and Jose Guillen revived their three-year old feud and both were ejected from Boston's 14-3 win against Seattle. Players streamed from the dugouts and bullpens when the two players approached each other after the Red Sox reliever struck out Guillen on three pitches in the eighth inning. They exchanged words, but no punches were thrown. Donnelly and Guillen were kept apart, but Guillen was ejected.



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