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San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds follows the flight of home run number 756 in the 5th inning of their game against the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park in San Francisco Calif., Tuesday, August 7, 2007.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds plans on sitting out today's action in Pittsburgh. The only time Pirates fans can expect him to see him swing the bat is on film, during a video tribute between games of the doubleheader.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday that Bonds' leg problems have "flared up a bit" and he would be re-evaluated today. Bonds, 43, might be available as a pinch hitter, but the plan is to get him some rest during a stretch that will be brutal even for the younger players.

The Giants' flight to Pittsburgh was to land shortly after midnight. Then, after 18 scheduled innings today, the team will depart for Atlanta, where it arrives at approximately 3 a.m.

And there's this: There is a chance of rain in Pittsburgh today.

"Oh, come on," Bochy moaned, when informed of the forecast. "That's what we need -- a good rain delay."

Starting pitchers Matt Cain (first game) and Noah Lowry (second) departed for Pittsburgh around 11 a.m. Sunday to get extra rest.

Today's doubleheader is to make up rainouts in Pittsburgh on April 14-15. The games result in a stretch where the Giants play 31 times in 30 days.

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Rajai Davis had a single and a stolen base, making him 12-for-29 (.414) with six stolen bases since joining the Giants. He has hit safely in all seven of his starts. ... Outfielder Dave Roberts (right knee contusion) was out of the starting lineup for a third consecutive game but is expected to start at least once today. ...


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Since his record-breaking homer, Bonds is 6-for-10 with four walks. He needs one double for 600 in his career. ... Dan Ortmeier made his first major league start at first base, giving Ryan Klesko a day off. ... Pitchers have a 4.11 ERA in 96 games with Bengie Molina at catcher and a 5.11 ERA in 18 games with Guillermo Rodriguez behind the plate. ... NBA star Jason Kidd was among the crowd for the 19th consecutive sellout at AT&T Park.

-- Daniel Brown, MediaNews staff