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Notes: Mets focused on home field

Notes: Mets focused on home field

SAN FRANCISCO -- While some players give little thought to securing home-field advantage for their league by winning the All-Star Game, the Mets are well aware of the potential impact.

"Heck yes, we're thinking about it," Mets closer Billy Wagner said. "Like any team with playoff aspirations and hopes of going to the World Series, it's something we'd like to have if we get that far, so it's another reason we want to win."

Home-field advantage in the best-of-seven World Series is awarded based on the outcome of the All-Star Game. The American League, with wins in each of the four Midsummer Classics since the wrinkle was added, has had the home-field edge for the World Series each year.

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"Any team wants [home field]," Mets shortstop Jose Reyes said. "We do, too, if we get that far. But we want to win even if [home-field advantage] wasn't [attached]. We always want to win."

Able to focus: Padres pitcher Jake Peavy was relaxed before the game, sitting in front of his locker, signing a box of baseballs.

All Peavy -- the starting pitcher for the National League -- had to worry about, if it was a worry at all, was the game itself, not rounding up tickets or hotel rooms for his large contingent of family.

"I took care of everything," Peavy said. "I got a head total on Sunday, so that everything was taken care of. I can sit back and relax."

Peavy was responsible for getting tickets for 19 members of his family, most of whom made the trip from his native Alabama. He also made hotel arrangements.

What was more difficult, the tickets or the hotel rooms?

"Both," Peavy said.

Stolen-base record safe: Reyes stole 64 bases last year and 60 in 2005, and is off to the best start of his career this season, with 46 stolen bases in 86 games. At his current pace, the 24-year-old has a chance to reach 100 this season.

But Reyes, who has worked with Rickey Henderson in the past, doesn't think he will ever top Henderson's modern-day single-season mark of 130 stolen bases set in 1982.

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"Rickey told me, 'You could do it,' but I said, 'Rickey, I had [124] in two years, you had 130 in one year,' " Reyes said.

Reyes said it would be necessary to steal second and third every time he reached base to challenge Henderson's mark. Such a pace would take an even bigger toll on his body.

"I'd be really sore," he said. "That's too much."

Long time between seconds: Barry Bonds batted second in the NL lineup. The San Francisco slugger hasn't hit second in a regular-season game since June 6, 1987, although he was second in the batting order for the NL in the 1993 All-Star Game in Baltimore.

Bonds entered the 78th All-Star Game with 751 career homers, four behind the Major Leagues' all-time leader, Hank Aaron. It is the most homers for a player in an All-Star Game, according to David Vincent of the Society for American Baseball Research. Aaron had 742 homers when he appeared in his record 25th and final All-Star Game on July 15, 1975, at Milwaukee. He lined out as a pinch-hitter. TheAL's starting center fielder in that game was Barry's father, Bobby Bonds.

NL's Canadian club: Russell Martin of the Dodgers is the third native of Canada to start an All-Star Game. He joins Larry Walker (1997-99) and Jason Bay (2006), who both started in the outfield for the National League.

Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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