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Poll: Race a Factor in Who Roots for Bonds

A fan at Wrigley Field makes his feelings known about the Giants' Barry Bonds.
A fan at Wrigley Field makes his feelings known about the Giants' Barry Bonds. (By M. Spencer Green -- Associated Press)
Tuesday, July 17, 2007

When it comes to rooting for Barry Bonds to become the home run champion, one factor stands out: race.

An AP-Ipsos poll released yesterday showed 55 percent of minority baseball fans want Bonds to set the record, while only 34 percent of non-Hispanic white baseball fans hope he passes Hank Aaron's record.

The results mark a significant jump among minorities. Last October, just 34 percent in an AP-AOL poll were rooting for Bonds to make history.

Bonds has 751 home runs, four behind Aaron.

A seven-time NL MVP, Bonds has been shadowed by steroid suspicions for several years.

· KENDALL TRADED: The Cubs acquired veteran C Jason Kendall in a trade with the Athletics for C Rob Bowen and minor league LHP Jerry Blevins. Kendall, a .298 career hitter in 12 major league seasons with Pittsburgh and Oakland, was batting only .226 for the Athletics this season.

· LOST APPEAL: Astros reliever Chad Qualls lost his appeal of a three-game suspension and $3,000 fine for throwing a baseball into the stands on June 18 against the Angels and will sit out starting tonight's game against the Nationals.

· ALOU RECUPERATING: In Port St. Lucie, Fla., Mets OF Moises Alou homered in his first rehab game and said he is only one or two weeks away from returning to the majors from a torn quadriceps.

· SUSPENDED: The Marlins suspended LHP Scott Olsen for two games without pay because of insubordination and conduct detrimental to the team. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the penalty stemmed from an incident Sunday after Olsen was relieved, but would not elaborate.

-- From News Services


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