Notes from a day in baseball:
• If You Listened Quietly You Could Hear Their Bones Creaking. What happens when the mighty Tyrannosaur takes on the fearsome Mastodon? Well, the ages are about right, but other than that, Barry Bonds vs. Roger Clemens bears little resemblance. Clemens came out of the bullpen (yep) to pitch to Bonds on Sunday, an the result was less than scintillating ... a five-pitch walk. Bonds later scored as the Giants beat the Yankees 7-2, taking the three-game series 2-1. It wasn't exactly Willie McCovey lining out to Bobby Richardson to end the 1962 World Series, as Clemens faced Bonds in the seventh and went to 3-0 before delivering an outside strike, then ball four. More effective was Ray Durham, who had a two-run double, and Guillermo Rodriguez, who had his first career double for the Giants. Bonds (age 42) walked during Clemens' (age 44) first relief appearance since 1984, and later scored when the legendary Nate Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly. Clemens' only other relief appearance came just across the Bay, two innings of work in Oakland on July 18, 1984.
• Sorry Padre. The debate over who is the better pitcher — Jake Peavy or Josh Beckett — received some additional data on Sunday, as Beckett became the majors' first 11-game winner in Boston's 4-2 victory over San Diego. The Red Sox got nine hits off Peavy over five innings. Beckett held the Padres to six hits over eight innings. The matchup was the third in history in which opposing starters each had nine or more wins against one or fewer losses. The previous was Toronto's Roger Clemens (11-1) facing Atlanta's Denny Neagle (9-1) on June 16, 1997.
• Doh! Dustin McGowan took a no-hitter into the ninth, but Jeff Baker singled to lead off the inning in Toronto's 5-0 win over Colorado. Frank Thomas had his 499th career homer for the Blue Jays (37-37). McGowan finished with a one-hit shutout.
• E-Ticket Ride. Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the first with a popup down the right field line that fell in for a base hit, stretched it into a double, and scored when the throw to second sailed into left field. Other fun things happened in this one, but we'll just close by saying the Mets beat the Athletics 10-2; New York's first home series sweep of the season.