Bonds becomes fastest to 40


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SEATTLE -- With his first swing of the second half of the
season, Barry Bonds became the fastest player to reach 40 home runs
Thursday night.

He homered on an 0-2 pitch off Paul Abbott in the first inning
to give the San Francisco Giants a 1-0 lead over the Seattle

The All-Star left fielder homered 429 feet into the tunnel
separating right and center fields at Safeco Field.

Bonds' 40th homer came after a 13-game, 44-at bat drought, his
longest homerless spell of the season. It came in the Giants' 89th
game. Mark McGwire hit his 40th homer in St. Louis' 90th game in
1998, when he hit 70.

Bonds connected for his 534th career homer, tying him with
Jimmie Foxx for 10th place on the all-time list. Mickey Mantle is
in ninth place with 536 homers.

It was the fifth time Bonds has hit 40 homers in a season in his
career. He hit a career-best 49 homers last season.