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By MEL REISNER, AP Sports Writer

PHOENIX - Barry Bonds was hospitalized for exhaustion Sunday night, just minutes before the Giants played the Arizona Diamondbacks, and spent the night as a precaution.

Giants trainer Stan Conte said Bonds showed signs of being drained a day after he came out of the game with a racing heart ? up to 160 beats per minute.

"The best word is exhausted," Conte said. "I thought it best that he be monitored overnight just to be sure, especially in light of what happened yesterday ? even though he was over that."

Bonds took batting practice Sunday afternoon and planned to play against the Arizona Diamondbacks. But Conte removed him from the lineup five minutes before the game after Bonds showed signs of being drained as a result of his father's death on Aug. 23.

Jeffrey Hammonds got a few minutes' notice that he was going to start in left field and bat cleanup in Bonds' place. The news was a jolt to the rest of the team, but the Giants still beat the Diamondbacks 3-1 behind Jason Schmidt (news)'s strong pitching performance.

Conte decided to hospitalize Bonds after consulting Roger McCoy, Arizona's internal medicine specialist, and Giants consulting physician Robert Murray.

"I thought it best that he be monitored overnight just to be sure, especially in light of what happened yesterday ? even though he was over that," Conte said. "So what was the best place for him ? here in this clubhouse resting, or in a hospital where he can get 24-hour monitoring?"

It wasn't easy to convince Bonds.

"He fought the decision (and) said a few choice words that made me think he wasn't completely exhausted," Conte said. "He wanted to continue playing and get out there, and we just felt that it was the best not to."

Bonds returned to the Giants on Saturday after missing six games following the death of his father.

The 39-year-old slugger homered off Arizona's Randy Johnson in the fourth inning of San Francisco's 2-1 victory Saturday.

But he no sooner finished rounding the bases than he began to experience lightheadedness, heart palpitations and trouble breathing. He came out of the game in the eighth inning.

Conte measured Bonds' heartbeat at up to 160 beats a minute. By Sunday, it was down to a resting rate of 65, but Bonds showed other signs of exhaustion.

Manager Felipe Alou still thought Bonds did the right thing by returning to the team within a week, saying being in familiar surroundings should be helpful.

"That kind of stuff doesn't go away ? especially mentally," said Alou, who recalled taking a season off after losing a child during spring training. "It's not going to go away in one week or one month. People take a long time. I think he came back at the right time to be with us."

Bobby Bonds died at age 57 after being ill for nearly a year with lung cancer and a brain tumor. Barry Bonds went on the bereavement list Aug. 14-18 to spend time with his father and again on Aug. 24 after Bobby Bonds' passing.

Bonds' homer Saturday was his 40th this season and the 653rd of his career, moving him within seven of his godfather, Willie Mays, for third on the all-time list.

Schmidt (14-5) allowed one run on seven hits and a walk in 8 1-3 innings for record his career-best 14th win. The right-hander, who improved to 9-1 in his last 12 starts, won 13 games in 1999 and again last year.

He allowed a run-scoring single to Carlos Baerga (news) in the fourth inning, but got three outs after Baerga and Steve Finley opened the seventh with back-to-back singles. Schmidt was lifted after Finley doubled with one out in the ninth, and Tim Worrell finished for his 31st save in 37 chances.

Schmidt's game ruined a solid performance by rookie Brandon Webb (8-7), who matched his career high with 11 strikeouts, and gave up three runs on four hits and two walks.

"He is a guy who challenges you with that heater, and he doesn't just throw it down the middle of the plate and let you whack at it," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said of Schmidt. "He has got command of a 96-97 mph fastball, and that is one tough guy to go against."

Benito Santiago and Edgardo Alfonzo had RBI doubles, and Alfonzo scored on Rich Aurilia's sacrifice fly in the two-run Giants fifth inning ? accounting for Bonds' good humor from his hospital bed.


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