Barry Bonds tied Rickey Henderson's major league walks record yesterday at 2,190 when he drew a sixth-inning base on balls.
The Giants slugger walked on a 3-2 pitch by Athletics starter Mark Mulder leading off the inning.
Bonds was plunked on the right hand in the second inning and threw his bat down in pain and frustration, but stayed in the game. He hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Bonds, among the most feared hitters in the game, has been drawing walks at a remarkable rate in recent years as few teams are willing to challenge him.
He already has 120 walks in the Giants' first 82 games -- including 63 intentional passes -- and is on pace to shatter his single-season record of 198, set in 2002.
He also walked 177 times in 2001 when he set the single-season home run mark with 73, and 148 times in 130 games last year.
* REHAB FOR CHAVEZ: Athletics 3B Eric Chavez will begin a rehabilitation assignment at Class AAA Sacramento today, just more than a month after he broke his right hand when hit by a pitch. Whether he will rejoin Oakland before the all-star break is uncertain.
-- From News Services