SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants outfielder Dave Roberts challenged Dodgers fans to be respectful of Barry Bonds should he tie or break the all-time home run record in Los Angeles this week.

Bonds is one away from matching Hank Aaron's total of 755 home runs and the Giants begin a six-game road trip Tuesday against their archrivals at Dodger Stadium -- the place where Bonds is booed loudest and longest.

"I give Dodger fans a lot of credit for being knowledgeable," said Roberts, a fan favorite when he played in L.A. from 2002-04. "This is going to be a test, whether they show their knowledge and appreciation and love for the game, or whether they go the other way.

"These are 55,000 fans ... who'd be fortunate enough to be a part of history. So be a part of history and make it the great moment that it is. Don't tarnish it by acts of cruelty or whatever. Be above that.

"It's bigger than being a Dodger fan. This is beyond the rivalry. This is history."

Roberts, who was part of the Boston Red Sox's World Series team in 2004, noted that fans stopped booing Bonds and momentarily applauded when he hit a home run at Fenway Park in June.

"Those are people revered as the most knowledgeable fans in baseball, fans who get it," Roberts said. "I played in Los Angeles and I'd like to think they get it as well."

No signs ahead

Fans are prohibited from bringing signs into the seating areas at Dodger Stadium but not at San Diego's Petco Park, where the Giants conclude their upcoming road trip.


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Roberts said he is particularly saddened when he sees children holding signs with asterisks or bearing steroid accusations.

"As a father, I would never bring that upon my kids," Roberts said. "I'd say, 'Son, watch this guy, one of the greatest players of all time,' instead of holding an asterisk sign or a steroid sign. It's not my job to raise their kids, but it saddens me."

Dodgers set rotation

The Dodgers plotted their injury-ravaged rotation and will start right-hander Brad Penny, left-hander Mark Hendrickson and right-hander Brett Tomko against the Giants.

Bonds is 7-for-25 with three home runs against Penny, including No. 704 in 2005. Bonds is 6-for-22 with one home run against Tomko, a former teammate. Bonds is 2-for-8 with no home runs against Hendrickson.

Short hop

Right-hander Russ Ortiz (strained forearm) came out of his 62-pitch rehab start for Single-A San Jose with no problems. The Giants plan for Ortiz to make another rehab start, probably on Friday.

-- Andrew Baggarly

MediaNews staff