Barry Bonds looks like he's ready for the season.
The San Francisco Giants slugger homered on the first pitch he saw in spring training yesterday, sending a ball rocketing over the center field fence. If not for a light pole in the way, the homer probably would have gone even farther.
Bonds came to the plate once more in the Giants' game against the Chicago Cubs and old manager Dusty Baker. He had joked earlier that he would bust Baker "in the eyeball" if Baker intentionally walked him. First base was open when Bonds came up in the third, and he looked over at the Cubs' dugout and pointed at Baker with a grin.
But Baker didn't walk Bonds. Bonds flied out and then left the game.
"I called him and told him I was going to walk him," Baker joked. "Nah. I wouldn't do that, not in spring training."
Bonds hit 46 homers last season, a year after setting a record with 73. . . .
Giants RHP Livan Hernandez will accept a plea offer to settle charges that he tried to hit an elderly warehouse owner with golf clubs.
Hernandez was charged with felony aggravated assault and battery after the Jan. 8 altercation.
Prosecutor Erika Isidron said that charges will be dropped if Hernandez attends anger management classes, performs 50 hours of community service and donates $500 to charity. He has until after the baseball season to meet the terms.
Defense attorney Manuel Vazquez entered a formal plea of not guilty, but said it was in Hernandez' best interests to accept the deal.
Hernandez, at spring training in Arizona, did not attend the hearing. He must formally accept the offer March 10.
* TWINS: Minnesota LHP Eric Milton has been scratched from his first scheduled start of the spring because of swelling in his surgically repaired left knee.
Johan Santana will start in Milton's place today in Sarasota, Fla., against the Cincinnati Reds.
Milton (University of Maryland) probably will return to Minnesota for further evaluation, and another operation is possible, the team said.
Slated to be the Twins' No. 2 starter, he had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in early August. He returned a month later for the end of the regular season and turned in two solid outings in the playoffs.
Milton, 13-9 for the AL Central champion Twins last year, had occasional swelling during the offseason after workouts. Tests didn't reveal any damage, though, and he continued pitch through the discomfort.
* YANKEES: Minor league P Eddi Lantigua was placed on the restricted list by the commissioner's office because of an age discrepancy in the Dominican Republic.
Lantigua, listed as 23 in the Yankees' media guide, was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Jan. 15 in the three-way deal that sent RHP Orlando Hernandez to Montreal. The exact nature of Lantigua's problem was not known.
* REDS: Ken Griffey Jr. hit his first homer of the spring, but Cincinnati squandered a four-run lead and lost to the Boston Red Sox, 12-7.
* METS: Mo Vaughn hit a two-run homer and Jay Bell went 3 for 3 with two RBI as New York beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-3.