San Francisco (49-40) at Colorado (36-51)

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  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Thu Jul 15, 2004
  • TV: FSBA, FSRM
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With his 40th birthday rapidly approaching, Barry Bonds has certainly felt the effects in his aching body and fatigued legs.

The six-time NL MVP hopes to keep the San Francisco Giants near the top of the NL West as they open a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Bonds, who is third on the all-time list with 681 home runs, is enjoying another stellar season. Still recognized as the most dangerous hitter in baseball, Bonds has walked 131 times—including 71 intentional passes, already breaking his own single-season record.

“He’s had a tremendous first half,” San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said. “He scored over 60 runs, and they let him drive in 40. He’s playing a lot of baseball this year, a lot of games.”

As Bonds approaches his 40th birthday on July 24, however, he concedes that he does not always feel as fresh as he once did.

“I’m tired,” Bonds said recently. “I’m tired every time I play.”

But he’s also hoping the All-Star break has allowed him to refresh for the remainder of the season.

“We’ve played great,” Bonds said. ”(During the break), take three days off and do what you need to heal and rest, massages or whatever you need to do to get your mind right for the second half. It seems like the second half goes a lot faster than the first half.

“I feel tired, exhausted. With the circumstances with this team, that’s what’s needed, and I do what’s needed.”

The Giants, who trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by a half-game in the NL West, have won three straight and four of their last five.

Jason Schmidt allowed two runs and five hits over eight innings Sunday to win his 11th consecutive decision, and Ray Durham homered and had three RBIs to lead the Giants to a 9-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Rockies had won eight of nine before a 4-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Even with the loss, Colorado finished 5-2 on its road trip to San Francisco and San Diego.

“Nothing bodes confidence like success,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “This was a step in the right direction and a chance to establish ourselves in the second half.”

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