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Giants to retire Bonds' No. 25 on Saturday

Sandoval undergoes hamstring surgery; Belt could return vs. Dodgers
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SAN FRANCISCO -- It could be a long time before anyone touches Barry Bonds' record number of 762 career home runs. But one thing is for sure: No Giants player will touch his uniform number of 25 again.

The Giants announced that the home run king's number will be retired on Saturday in a 5 p.m. PT pregame ceremony at AT&T Park preceding the game against the Pirates.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- It could be a long time before anyone touches Barry Bonds' record number of 762 career home runs. But one thing is for sure: No Giants player will touch his uniform number of 25 again.

The Giants announced that the home run king's number will be retired on Saturday in a 5 p.m. PT pregame ceremony at AT&T Park preceding the game against the Pirates.

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"It's going to be a big day for Barry," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I know he's excited about it. He was here yesterday, and I'm sure he's going to have a lot of fun with this."

All five of the Giants' Hall of Famers -- Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry -- will be in attendance, along with a selection of former teammates and former managers Jim Leyland, Dusty Baker and Bochy.

Bonds' number 25 will be the 11th number retired by the storied franchise, joining 3 (Bill Terry), 4 (Mel Ott), 11 (Carl Hubbell), 20 (Monte Irvin), 24 (Mays), 27 (Marichal), 30 (Cepeda), 36 (Perry) and 44 (McCovey), along with the number 42 retired leaguewide in honor of Jackie Robinson.

Bonds, the seven-time National League Most Valuable Player Award winner and 14-time All-Star, spent 15 seasons in San Francisco and hit 586 of his 762 career homers with the Giants -- including his 715th to pass Babe Ruth on May 28, 2006, and his 756th to pass Hank Aaron on Aug. 7, 2007. He won five of his MVP Awards with the Giants.

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"When you look at what Barry's done since he joined the Giants back in 1993, he just brought baseball back and excitement for the fans, and he's just so loved here because of what he did on the field -- and he also helped win the Giants win a lot of ballgames in that era," said Bochy, who managed the slugger in 2007. "We're talking the best player in his era."

Gates will open at 3:45 p.m. for the ceremony.

Sandoval's surgery is successful

Pablo Sandoval successfully underwent season-ending surgery on his torn right hamstring on Tuesday morning, according to Bochy. The surgery was finished just before Bochy spoke with the media prior to Tuesday afternoon's 2-1 loss to the Astros.

Bochy didn't have more details on the surgery, but Dave Groeschner, the Giants' senior director of athletic training, was present and will fill Bochy in.

Belt could return in Los Angeles

First baseman Brandon Belt ran on a treadmill for the first time on Monday as he continues his recovery from a hyperextended right knee sustained on July 25 in Seattle. He took ground balls again before Tuesday's game.

Per Bochy, "if all goes well," Belt could return in time for the Giants' upcoming series against the Dodgers from Aug. 13-15.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark.

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