Originally created 09/22/04

Giants secure Bonds' future



SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds will have two more seasons to break Hank Aaron's career home run record with the San Francisco Giants, who decided Tuesday to drop their right to void the final year of his contract.

Under the $90 million, five-year deal agreed to in January 2002, San Francisco could have voided the 2006 season if Bonds failed to reach 500 plate appearances next year or 1,500 combined from 2003 to 2005, including at least 400 next season.

But with Bonds as dominant as ever, the team decided to keep the 40-year-old outfielder for two more seasons. Bonds grew up around the Giants, the team his father, Bobby, and godfather, Willie Mays, played for.

"This is where I want to end my career. It was very important to Willie. Important to my father," Bonds said. "This is where I want to be."

Bonds, who needs 55 homers to pass Aaron's mark of 755, will make $20 million in 2005 and $18 million in 2006, with $5 million of each year's salary deferred at 3.5 percent and paid from 2007 to 2011.

"Given his track record I feel very confident that he'll be wearing a Giants uniform for future team and personal milestones," owner Peter Magowan said.

BLUE JAYS: Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay was activated from the 15-day disabled list and returned to the Toronto Blue Jays to start Tuesday night against the New York Yankees.

Halladay has been out twice this season because of a tired right shoulder. He had not pitched since July 16, when he lasted only four innings in a loss to Texas.

Halladay is 7-7 with a 4.35 ERA in 18 starts. The Blue Jays also sent right-hander Aquilino Lopez outright to Triple-A Syracuse.

RANGERS: Texas shortstop Michael Young became the first Rangers player with a pair of 200-hit seasons when he doubled in the first inning Tuesday night against Oakland.

ANGELS: Anaheim second baseman Adam Kennedy is done for the season because of torn cartilage in his right knee, hindering the team's playoff hopes.

Kennedy, one of the few Angels regulars who had not been sidelined by a serious injury this year, hurt himself in the fifth inning of Monday night's victory against Seattle while trying to make a difficult play on a single up the middle by speedy Ichiro Suzuki.

An MRI on Tuesday revealed a torn MCL and ACL. If he requires surgery, his rehabilitation could extend into spring training.

DEVIL RAYS: Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella made his strongest statement Tuesday about remaining with the Devil Rays next season.

"I'm staying here," Piniella said before his team played Kansas City. "All these things that have been talked about, they're all somebody's speculation. Nothing's ever come out from me. I'm signed here two more years. With me, it's always been nothing but speculation. That's all it is."

RED SOX: Boston recalled right-hander Byung-Hyun Kim from Triple-A Pawtucket before their game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Kim was 1-1 with a 6.17 ERA in three starts for Boston this year and 5.34 ERA in 22 games for Pawtucket.