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AARON SPEAKS: Hank Aaron doesn't plan to be at the ballpark if and when Barry Bonds breaks his home run record.

"Uh-uh. No, no. I'm not going to be around," Aaron was quoted as saying in Tuesday's editions of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bonds has 735 homers, 20 short of Aaron's career record. While Aaron has declined most interview requests in recent months, he spoke with Journal-Constitution columnist Terence Moore.

Aaron said he wouldn't attend if Bonds were within reach of the record when the San Francisco Giants play at Atlanta from Aug. 14-16.

"I'd probably fly to West Palm Beach to play golf," Aaron was quoted as saying in Moore's column. "Again, it has nothing to do with anybody, other than I had enough of it. I don't want to be around that sort of thing anymore."

Speaking before Tuesday's game in San Diego, Bonds said he wasn't bothered by Aaron's stance.

"He has every right to do what he wants to do. I respect that," Bonds said. "There's no reason for me to be disappointed. If he has other plans, other things to do, I respect that. He's his own man. He can do what he wants to do. I respect that. No hard feelings.

"Now if Willie wasn't there, I'd be disappointed," he said, referring to his godfather, Willie Mays.

PADRES: Pitcher Chris Young, who's flirted with no-hitters and been tough on the road, agreed to a $14.5 million, four-year contract that would be worth $23 million if the team exercises a 2011 option.

RED SOX: Activated reliever Mike Timlin from the 15-day disabled list and optioned reliever Javier Lopez to Triple-A Pawtucket.

- Brendan Donnelly was ejected from Tuesday's game against the Seattle Mariners when he hit a batter after the reliever and Jose Guillen revived an old feud.

RANGERS: Purchased the contract of right-hander Jamey Wright to be its No. 5 starter.

- Associated Press


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