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On the Air - July 1, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds said Saturday it's up to Major League Baseball and the Giants to decide how much security is needed around him as he closes in on Hank Aaron's home run record.

"It's being addressed to ensure the safety of our players and employees," Giants spokesman Blake Rhodes said.

In the seventh inning of San Francisco's home game with Arizona on Friday night, a male fan hopped the fence along the left-field line and ran out to greet the slugger. Andrew Clapp, 24, of Fargo, N.D., faces charges of public drunkenness and interfering with a sporting event.

"It is a big concern, but the guy came out, jumped on the field, had his hands up and said, 'I just want to shake your hand,' screaming," Bonds said. "I said, 'Fine, come shake my hand.' ... I said, 'Let's just walk back together, though, so these guys don't throw you on the ground and you'll show them that you mean no harm.'"

The 42-year-old Bonds, who hit his 750th homer an inning later to pull within five of tying the Hammer, said there is "no reason for me to be in fear." But Bonds -- disliked by most fans around the league because of his alleged steroid use during his pursuit -- said during spring training he has received death threats but hasn't elaborated. Aaron, too, was threatened during his chase of Babe Ruth during the 1973 season.

• Washington Nationals right-hander John Patterson, out for nearly two months with a slow-to-heal nerve injury in his right elbow, is seeking treatment on his own in Toronto that apparently isn't approved in the United States.

After visiting four different doctors in Missouri, Texas and California last week -- a trip Patterson himself arranged to learn what is causing the problem -- Patterson will undergo a series of injections in Canada, according to the Nationals.

Asked why his opening day starter is going out of the country for medical treatment, Nationals manager Manny Acta said Saturday, "It's because that treatment is not approved here in the States yet."

• Baltimore Orioles right-hander Steve Trachsel was placed on the 15-day disabled list, less than 24 hours after he struggled in his shortest outing in four years.

Trachsel has a strained muscle below his lower back. He could miss only one start, because part of his stint on the DL will come during the All-Star break.

"I know Steve has been in some discomfort. He felt like it affected the way he threw last night and his preparation in between starts," interim manager Dave Trembley said. "He's a very regimented, routine-oriented type guy. He gets one more start before the break, and I think everyone's feeling was to back away from that, let him get a chance to get some treatment."

• The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control will take no action against a restaurant that served St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock before the drunken-driving accident that led to his death.

In a report, the division said all information from witnesses indicated Hancock was "consuming intoxicating liquor in moderation" and was "very lucid" in the hours before he died.

Hancock spent more than three hours at Mike Shannon's restaurant in St. Louis the night of April 28.

• PRO BASKETBALL -- Vince Carter opted out of the final year of a contract with the New Jersey Nets that would have paid the All-Star guard $16.3 million this coming season.

Nets' President Rod Thorn said the team was informed Friday that Carter would test the free agent market, but he remained optimistic the 30-year-old swingman would return next season.

The two sides have talked about a contract for the past month, and they are close to an agreement on a four-year deal worth more than $60 million.

• PRO HOCKEY -- The NHL salary cap will rise to $50.3 million per team next season, an increase of $6.3 million from last season, the league and players' union announced.

It's the second increase under the collective bargaining agreement that ended the yearlong lockout in 2005.


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