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08/05/07 5:41 PM ET
Notes: 755 call goes off cleanly
Aurilia says DL move was correct; Thursday starter undecided
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Dave Flemming could be heard loud and clear on the Giants' radio broadcast Saturday night when Barry Bonds hit his 755th home run -- which should have been a given. But for Flemming, who was silenced by a mysterious technical glitch last year as he called Bonds' eclipsing of Babe Ruth with his 715th home run, carrying on with business as usual brought peace of mind. "As far as I know, it was perfectly clean," Flemming said Sunday. For that, Flemming credited engineer Lee Jones. "It's been a stressful few weeks," Flemming said, referring to Bonds' prolonged march toward Hank Aaron's all-time record. "After what happened [last year], imagine the pressure on him to make sure everything does go right, and it sounded perfect. The moment went off without a hitch, and he's responsible for that, not me. He looked relieved." Flemming also praised broadcast partner J.T. Snow, the former first baseman who serves as a guest analyst for a handful of games. Lead announcer Jon Miller was absent, due to his ESPN television obligations. "Part of me is sorry that Jon wasn't here to see it, because Jon is such a big part of Giants baseball," Flemming said. "But if Jon wasn't going to be there, it was neat to sit next to somebody who played with Barry for so many years, because he's got a perspective on the whole thing that none of us has." As Flemming related, Snow's timing was perfect, because immediately before the home run, he was discussing Bonds' 40-minute session of early batting practice Saturday afternoon. "J.T. finished his thought," Flemming recalled. "He said, 'Bonds did something unusual. He came out early to work on things; we'll see if it pays off' -- boom!" Aurilia accepts: Infielder Rich Aurilia admitted that going on the 15-day disabled list was the logical thing to do. Aurilia believed Saturday afternoon that he was on the brink of recovering from the right hamstring he injured last Wednesday in Los Angeles. But after testing himself during batting practice, Aurilia feared that he'd either worsen the injury or be forced to play at a diminished level. "Ultimately, it was my decision," Aurilia said, explaining that the Giants hoped he could be healed by Monday to face a spate of left-handed starters in the upcoming homestand against Washington and Pittsburgh. "If I could have jogged or ran at 60 percent without feeling anything, I might have said that I could take an extra day [Sunday] and then get through it on Monday. Taking ground balls was fine, hitting was fine, throwing was fine. It was just the running." Going on the disabled list twice in a season for the first time in his career gnawed at Aurilia's psyche. "I feel bad, because it's been a rough year all around for everybody here," said Aurilia, 35. "I haven't helped things with my neck going out and now the hamstring. I feel like I should apologize to somebody; I don't know who that is. But I also realize that these things happen and you can't control physical things sometimes." Decision due: Manager Bruce Bochy didn't immediately announce whether Patrick Misch or Russ Ortiz would start Thursday's series finale against Washington. Misch enjoyed a strong Major League debut Saturday, limiting the Padres to two runs in five innings and striking out eight while walking none. Also Saturday, Ortiz, recovering from a strained right forearm, allowed five runs in five innings in an injury rehabilitation start for Triple-A Fresno against Oklahoma. Bochy indicated that Ortiz's physical condition resulting from his outing will influence the decision. "If he feels fine, we'll find a spot for him," Bochy said of Ortiz. Coming up: Tim Lincecum will seek his fifth consecutive victory Monday as the Giants face the Nationals for the first time this season. Washington left-hander John Lannan will make his third Major League start.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.