Barry Bonds might play into the 2007 season if he's approaching Hank Aaron's home run record of 755, the Giants' slugger told

Bonds knows he might need to play beyond 2006 when his contract expires to reach Aaron's record, and he has said he hopes to retire with the Giants. Bonds has 703 career homers, 11 shy of Babe Ruth and 52 from tying Aaron's record.

"I've played all these scenarios over and over again in my head," Bonds was quoted as saying. "I've always thought it would take the better part of two seasons before I passed Hank. If I'm within striking distance in 2007, I plan to play."

* UNLIKELY STAR: Joe West was selected to umpire behind the plate in next month's All-Star Game. West was among 22 umpires who lost their jobs as part of a failed mass resignation strategy in 1999, then was rehired in 2002. . . .

Home plate umpire Rick Reed left last night's game between the Cardinals and Pirates in the bottom of the fifth inning after he was struck in the head by a foul ball. There was a 10-minute delay before play resumed with second base umpire Ted Barrett behind the plate.

* GOING QUIETLY: The Phillies are 0-26 when trailing after six innings, 0-27 when down after seven innings.

* MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Cubs CF Corey Patterson struck out four times, one day after he asked Manager Dusty Baker to bat him leadoff regularly.

-- From News Services