|Andruw Jones: 'There's a lot of people that take steroids, and they don't hit 755 home runs.'|
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|Sunday, 05 August 2007 10:40|
``It doesn't matter,'' the Atlanta Braves star said Sunday. ``There's a lot of people that take steroids, and they don't hit 755 home runs.''
A day after Bonds tied Hank Aaron's record of 755, the feat was much discussed in big league clubhouses.
``It's kind of sad, because something like this you would hope would be a total celebration for the game of baseball. And obviously, it's not with a lot of people. And I can understand some of that,'' said the Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland, Bonds' first big league manager with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
breaking Utley's hand.
``Right now, I'm just focusing on facing San Francisco and how their order lines up and how I'm facing each batter. He hit it last night, right, 755?'' Lannan said Sunday. ``I'm really not focusing that much on it. When I do have to face him, if the situation arises and I have to pitch around him, I will. If I have the opportunity to pitch against him, I will have a game plan. I will make smart pitches and just pitch my game.''
Left-handed hitters were 5-for-10 with one homer (Ryan Howard) against Lannan in his first two starts. He isn't worried about giving up the record-breaker.
``If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't,'' Lannan said. ``I'd go down in history for giving up that home run.''
Bonds is 1-for-16 with one homer against Ray King, a left-hander in the Nationals' bullpen.
``If I give up a home run to Bonds, my career average against lefties is still under .220. I've given up 32 home runs in my career. It's not going to change me,'' King said. ``I was joking with guys in the clubhouse - if I give it up, I'll shake his hand before he gets to first base. It's not going to make me a different person. I'm not going to be upset because I gave up a home run to Barry Bonds. I look forward to the challenge. If it comes off me, it comes off me.''
King discounts the steroids allegations.
``I think it's a legitimate record. I don't care what people say. Until you show me something that's positive, put that asterisk aside,'' he said. ``In my eyes, he's the greatest home run hitter - once he hits another one.''
Livan Hernandez, a former Bonds teammate now with Arizona, said at Dodger Stadium that he felt the same way.
``I know people here think he's done something wrong, but the only thing he did wrong to L.A. was hit a lot of home runs,'' he said.
Brian Johnson, another former teammate, was among the few players who didn't give Bonds the benefit of the doubt.
``You can make a fair argument that he may have been cheating,'' Johnson said during Sunday's edition of ESPN's ``Outside the Lines.'' ``Based on what has been documented, it's hard to dispute that argument.''
AP freelance writers Rich Dubroff in Washington, Scott Held in Detroit, Amy Jinkner-Lloyd in Atlanta and Joe Resnick in Los Angeles contributed to this report.