Bonds takes cuts in practice

Associated Press

Barry Bonds surprised his San Francisco teammates Sunday when he jumped into the batting cage to take a few swings against new closer Armando Benitez, just four weeks after knee surgery.

Bonds faced nine pitches from Benitez at the Giants' spring training stadium in Scottsdale, Ariz., only taking two swings -- hard grounders to the right side of the infield.

But just being at home plate is significant progress for the 40-year-old MVP.

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