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Notes: Homecoming for Jenkins
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04/12/2004  9:29 PM ET
Notes: Homecoming for Jenkins
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SAN FRANCISCO -- For Geoff Jenkins, maybe the only thing wrong with the new ballpark in San Francisco is the scarcity of tickets for friends and family who come down from the Sacramento area to attend games.

   Geoff Jenkins  /   LF
Born: 07/21/74
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R

"Especially this series, it's kind of tough," said Jenkins, who attended Cordova High in the Sacramento suburb of Rancho Cordova. "It's harder to get tickets here than at Candlestick Park. The fans are great here, but I used to be able to get 30 tickets or so there. Now my friends have to buy them."

Jenkins had hoped his father, Jack, would be attending Monday's game, but the elder Jenkins watched it from home. It would have been even more special since his father celebrated his 62th birthday Monday.

"I've never been here actually for his birthday," said Jenkins. "Usually we come here later in the year. This is the first time in my professional career I've played here on his birthday."

Jenkins singled and drove in a run in each of his first two at-bats.

Brewers manager Ned Yost attended high school in nearby Dublin and junior college just across the bay in Hayward and still has a mother (Lee) and two brothers in the area.

Yost's mother planned to be at the game Monday, but the rest of the family will have to wait for dinner.

"My brothers both work," said Yost, who also has a sister in Atlanta.

   Barry Bonds  /   LF
Born: 07/24/64
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 230 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L

Best seat: Barry Bonds passed Willie Mays on the all-time home run list in the fifth inning Monday, and some of the Milwaukee Brewers suddenly became interested on-lookers.

After all, these guys are baseball fans, too.

"Where else are we going to go?" asked Brewers left fielder Geoff Jenkins. "It's history. Obviously a lot of things happen in this game, but the home run record may be the most impressive. It would be pretty significant."

Bonds matched Mays' 660 homers, third on the career list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755). The Giants held a three-minute ceremony, delaying the game, as Mays symbolically passed Bonds a torch.

"I'm a fan, definitely," said Milwaukee first baseman Lyle Overbay. "And I have the best seat in the house. You've got to take advantage of those things."

Yost said he didn't change his plan of attack against Bonds just because of his home run record chase.

"We'll go after Bonds unless the game dictates you don't," he said. "You'd better use common sense. But it is a milestone, a great accomplishment. I'd rather watch it on SportsCenter than in person, but I won't lose sleep over it."

Old teammates: The Brewers faced left-hander Wayne Franklin for the first time since trading him to the Giants toward the end of Spring Training.

"A lot of times you want to come back and show the team who traded you they made a mistake," said Yost. "It's only natural."

Franklin retired all three batters he faced, including a strikeout of Jenkins.

Coming up: Left-hander Chris Capuano (1-0, 1.50) pitches against the Giants on Tuesday night. Capuano hit Giants outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds with a pitch and broke a bone in his right thumb during Spring Training. Hammonds, a former Brewer, came off the disabled list before Saturday's game. Capuano will be making his first career start against the Giants. He won his Brewers debut in his last start, allowing one earned run in six innings. He retired the first six batters he faced.

Rick Eymer is a contributing writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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