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  Aug. 30: Giants slugger Barry Bonds goes yard in his first game back from bereavement leave. (AP Photo)

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August: Bonds Sr. passes, lights go out
August saw the passing of Bobby Bonds, father of Barry, at the age of 57. In more ways than one, the elder Bonds, a charter member of the 30-30 club, paved the way for his son. August was also when the lights went out in the Northeast -- literally. A power outage hit the region, leaving baseball, businesses and the population in the dark for days. Some events that heated up baseball in August:
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By Mike Scarr /

August 1
Trailing 11-6 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Pirates rally to score six runs for a wild win over the Rockies. In addition, former Rangers manager Johnny Oates is honored in Texas.

August 2
Just the way the schedule used to be: The Padres and Phillies get together in a good old-fashioned doubleheader and split the two games.

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August 3
Proving they can hit for power away from Coors Field, the Rockies collect 24 hits in a 16-4 win over the Pirates. Jay Payton homers twice. Also on this day, George Foster and Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy are inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame.

August 4
Down by three runs, the Royals put a "7" on the board in the sixth inning for a 13-9 win over the White Sox to go three games up in the AL Central.

August 5
Returning after a collision with Braves second baseman Marcus Giles, Mark Prior dominates and shuts down the Padres in his hometown, San Diego.

August 6
Rookie sensation Dontrelle Willis runs his record to 11-2 by allowing three runs on five hits in a 7-3 win over the Cardinals.

August 7
Julio Lugo swings at the first pitch he sees, and the Devil Rays take a 2-0 deficit and turn it into a 3-2 win over the Royals with a three-run rally in the ninth.

August 8
Jeremi Gonzalez tosses eight scoreless innings as Tampa Bay wins its second straight over the Royals and its eighth game in the last 11.
August 9
Fenway Park joins the 10,000 club when Kevin Millar hits the 10,000th homer at the venerable baseball venue. Millar's two-run blast also provides the edge in Boston's 6-4 win over the Orioles.

August 10
The Astros go deep at Minute Maid Park as Richard Hidalgo, Brad Ausmus, Jeff Kent and Lance Berkman all homer in Houston's 8-2 win over the Expos.

August 11
One of baseball's young premier power pitchers, Kerry Wood reaches a milestone when he records his 1,000th career strikeout in just his 134th game. In addition, the Royals collect 11 doubles in a 12-9 win over the Yankees.

August 12
In yet another twist to an odd story, samples of Ted Williams' DNA are reported missing from the Alcor Life Extension Foundation laboratory where the late baseball legend's body and head are preserved in liquid nitrogen. The Braves honor one of their greats by unveiling a statue of left-hander Warren Spahn. On the field, the Padres pound out 24 hits in a 14-4 win at Atlanta.

August 13

Though left-hander Al Leiter prefers a conservative political viewpoint, he enjoys a visit with former President Bill Clinton in the Mets' clubhouse.
August 14

The lights go out in New York -- and Massachusetts, and Ohio, etc. The Niagara Mohawk power grid overloads, sending a wave of power outages that affects New York state, Ohio, Boston and Ontario, and causes the postponement of the Giants-Mets game at Shea Stadium. In Minneapolis, Travis Hafner hits for the cycle in the Tribe's 8-3 win over the Twins.

August 15
All they need is a run, and the Indians get it when Josh Bard raps an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth for a 1-0 win over the Twins. C.C. Sabathia goes the distance for the shutout.

August 16
Albert Pujols singles to right field in the seventh inning at Philadelphia to extend his hitting streak to 30 games.

August 17
Reality TV hits Wrigley Field when Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne take the microphone in the seventh inning to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." In Atlanta, Curt Schilling allows one hit and strikes out 12 Braves over eight innings in the Diamondbacks' 2-0 victory.

August 18
It takes 16 innings, but the Rangers defeat the Tigers, 4-2, in Detroit, thanks to Alex Rodriguez's two-run homer. In addition, Javier Vazquez allows just three hits in a 4-0 shutout as the Expos complete a four-game sweep of the Giants.

August 19
The Cardinals put a perfect 10 on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth and roll to a 13-5 win over the Pirates. Scott Rolen has six RBIs.

August 20
A-Rod picks up career hit No. 1,500 with a first-inning triple at Detroit.

August 21
Ken Coleman, a Red Sox broadcaster from 1966 to 1974 and 1979 to 1989, dies from complications of bacterial meningitis at the age of 78. Jim Edmonds homers twice, including a walkoff three-run blast in the Cards' 6-3 win over the Phillies. Right fielder Vladimir Guerrero takes over the Expos' franchise lead in career dingers.

August 22
Jim Thome and Pat Burrell get together as each homers twice in the Phillies' 9-4 win over the Cards at St. Louis.

August 23

Bobby Bonds, who suffered from a variety of ailments, including lung and brain cancer, tumors of the kidney and heart disease, dies at the age of 57. The Cubs' Carlos Zambrano loses his no-hit bid in the eighth, when Shea Hillenbrand is called safe at first on an infield single.
August 24

Winning in grand style on this day are the A's, who hit two grand slams in one game for the first time in franchise history. Ramon Hernandez and Miguel Tejada do the honors.

August 25
With a 10-1 victory over Boynton Beach, Fla., Tokyo, Japan, wins the 2003 Little League World Series. In addition, MLB.TV celebrates its first anniversary.

August 26
Rafael Palmeiro joins some elite company when he hits career homer No. 521. Palmeiro's 31st home run of the season ties him with Willie McCovey and Ted Williams for 13th on the all-time list.

August 27
Bad news for the Braves during the pennant race: John Smoltz is sent to the disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow.

August 28
In his first game with the Royals, Rondell White collects four RBIs by going 2-for-3 in Kansas City.

August 29
Encouraged by other crossover sports stars, golfer Phil Mickelson works out with the Toledo Mud Hens.

August 30
Barry Bonds returns from bereavement leave following the death of his father and homers off Randy Johnson in the Giants' 2-1 win at Phoenix. Edging ever closer to pitching ignominy, Mike Maroth loses his 19th game of the season, and the Tigers become the first team in 40 years to lose its 100th game before the end of August.

August 31
The White Sox score two runs in the eighth and four in the ninth to record a 6-1 win over the Tigers and retain a hold on first in the AL Central.

Mike Scarr is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.