HOUSTON — Barry Bonds was duly impressed Sunday when Fred Lewis hit for the cycle, something the 42-year-old slugger has never accomplished.

While Bonds wasn't jealous of Lewis' achievement, he said he envied something else.

"I told him, man, I wish I would have gotten a lot of pitches like that to hit a cycle," Bonds said. "I thought it was amazing. I thought it was great. (But) I don't really care for one. I probably wouldn't be playing for a month. I'd probably be on the DL. I couldn't run that fast to get a triple."

Bonds did plenty of running during a pregame media session in the dugout at Minute Maid Park. He declined to answer questions about the home run record, leaving little material for ESPN or other national media outlets.

"I haven't been giving any interviews about myself, guys, and I'm not going to start now," said Bonds, who entered Tuesday's game 10 home runs away from matching Hank Aaron's record. "If you want to talk about us and the team, fine. I'm not going to do any interviews about me."

He added, "I don't want any focus on me at all. We've been doing good, and I just want it to stay that way."

When pressed about Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who criticized him on a radio show and later apologized, Bonds offered a spiced no comment.

"There's just really no need to address that," Bonds said. "I'm too old for childish activities. I don't really have time for that."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Bonds would play five straight games before taking off Sunday afternoon.


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Bonds said he was "exhausted" Saturday at Coors Field, but felt recharged after two days off.

MORE CYCLE NEWS: In addition to his cycle, Lewis became just the fifth Giants rookie in the San Francisco era to have a five-hit game and the first since Robby Thompson in 1986. The others: Tito Fuentes, Jesus Alou and Jim Davenport.

ORTIZ WORK: Right-hander Russ Ortiz (inflamed nerve in right elbow) is scheduled to throw close to 70 pitches in a rehab start Thursday at Triple-A Fresno. The Giants haven't mapped out a plan beyond that start, though Ortiz would be on schedule should the club decide to move him back into the rotation in place of Tim Lincecum.

LINDEN DECISION: The Giants must make a roster decision on outfielder Todd Linden by Sunday, which means they must place him on waivers by today, if they hope he'll clear and can be outrighted to Fresno.

The front office is looking at trade possibilities, though club officials said neither Linden nor his agent have made any demands.

RINCON HURT: Left-hander Ricardo Rincon, who battled back after having elbow and shoulder surgeries last year, is out again with a major injury. Rincon tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while attempting to field a bunt Friday. The former A's reliever had a 1.69 ERA in seven games for Fresno.