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Posted: Saturday, April 8, 2006 7:24 am | Updated: 3:31 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

MILWAUKEE - After hitting his 300th career home run in Philadelphia and ending his franchise-record 30-game hitting streak in San Francisco, Luis Gonzalez would like to get his next milestone at home.

Gonzalez is three doubles away from 500 after hitting two in Colorado on Wednesday, and when he reaches 500 he will be the 21st player in major league history with 300 home runs and 500 doubles.

“If I have a chance to hit three doubles here, I’m not going to stop at first,’’ Gonzalez said before Friday’s game here, “but you always want to do those special things in front of the home crowd.

“People still come up to me today and say they were at Game 7 of the (2001) World Series. It’s great to be a part of something that was so important in their lives.’’

With 708 homers and 565 doubles, Barry Bonds is the only active player with 500 doubles and 300 homers.

Of the other 14 eligible for the Hall of Fame, only Dave Parker is not enshrined.

“I get goose bumps looking through those names,’’ Gonzalez said.

The D-Backs open a 10-game homestand Tuesday with a three-game series against Colorado.

A HAPPY YANKEE

On his first day with the New York Yankees, Koyie Hill told the New York media that he would “stand on (his) head in right field if they wanted me to do that to distract the other team.’’

“Any day in the big leagues is a great day for me,’’ he said.

“It’s something I don’t take for granted. . . . Last year I was the opening-day starter for a team and this year I’m thankful to be a third catcher for anybody.’’

Asked if he was concerned that his stay might be short, inasmuch as the Yankees also have catchers Jorge Posada and Kelly Stinnett, Hill said:

“That crosses your mind,” he said, “that you might not luck out like I did.’’

SHORT HOPS

Shortstop Stephen Drew homered on the fifth pitch he saw in his first at-bat Thursday in his Triple-A debut for Tucson, although Salt Lake beat the Sidewinders, 9-3. . . .

Carlos Tosca again will work from the D-Backs’ dugout in the Milwaukee series after the Brewers approved the D-Backs’ request. “It might be a little bit into the homestand’’ before Tosca is ready to resume coaching third, Melvin said, adding interim third-base coach Chip Hale “has been great.’’ . . .

The D-Backs will stay in rotation after the off day Monday, meaning Orlando Hernandez, Miguel Batista and Russ Ortiz will start the three games in the home-opening series against Colorado at Chase Field beginning Tuesday. Brandon Webb will start the first game of the Houston series on Friday.

Gonzo’s company

The 20 players in major league history with 300 home runs and 500 doubles:

Player HRs 2Bs

Hank Aaron 755 624 Babe Ruth 714 506 Barry Bonds 708 565 Willie Mays 660 523 Frank Robinson 586 528 Rafael Palmeiro 569 585 Ted Williams 521 525 Eddie Murray 504 560 Lou Gehrig 493 534 Stan Musial 475 725 Dave Winfield 465 540 Carl Yastrzemski 452 646 Andre Dawson 438 503 Cal Ripken 431 603 Tony Perez 379 505 Dave Parker 339 526 George Brett 317 665 Edgar Martinez 309 514 Al Simmons 307 539 Rogers Hornsby 301 541 Luis Gonzalez 317 497

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