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MLB NOTES: Bonds heads home for 756

Published August 6, 2007 2:44 am

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Barry Bonds isn't ready to call his next history-making shot.

A day before taking his quest for the record back home to San Francisco, Bonds sat back and took a deep breath to enjoy his 755th home run.

''There's no pressure on me to do this right away. If I keep my mechanics right, you guys won't be around long,'' Bonds said Sunday. ''I'd love to do a lot of things, but a lot of good fortunes have to come with that, too. I'm going to do my best.''

Tying Hank Aaron's record on the road lined up Bonds to be crowned the home run king in his Northern California comfort zone.

He'll get his first chance at 756 tonight, in the opener of a four-game series with the Washington Nationals. Bonds said he had heard of Washington's starter for the first game, rookie left-hander John Lannan, but that's about it.

Bonds, like Aaron in 1974, tied the record on the road. Bonds was playing some 400 miles south of his hometown of San Francisco, the city where he is beloved despite allegations that steroids fueled his pursuit.

After the big drive, Bonds spoke to pal Ken Griffey Jr. and received a congratulatory message from Alex Rodriguez, who hit his 500th homer earlier Saturday. Bonds' Hall of Fame godfather, Willie Mays, also left a greeting on his voicemail.

There was nothing from Aaron, who repeatedly has said he will have no part in celebrating the feat.

Giambi ready to join Yankees

Jason Giambi's rehab stint with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ended with an 0-for-3 night Sunday.

After the game, Giambi said he will join his New York Yankees teammates today in Toronto, but that he wasn't sure when he would be activated.

''Its exciting for me to get the opportunity,'' Giambi said. ''The injury healed a lot faster than we all thought. I'll just go up there, and the team's playing great, so the biggest thing is to just go up there and be a part of it.''