Bonds evidence unsealed; Parrish back with Orioles

The Baltimore Sun

Court documents show Barry Bonds tested positive for three types of steroids, and his personal trainer once told his business manager in the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse how he injected the slugger with performance-enhancing drugs "all over the place."

Prosecutors plan to use those 2000-2003 test results and other evidence, detailed in documents released yesterday, at Bonds' trial next month to show he lied when he told a federal grand jury in December 2003 that he never knowingly used steroids.

Bonds' attorneys want that evidence suppressed, and U.S. District Judge Susan Illston is to hear arguments today on what to allow jurors to hear. Bonds' trainer, Greg Anderson, who was jailed several times for refusing to answer questions before a grand jury, appears to be at the heart of the government's case. But his lawyer, Mark Geragos, said Anderson will again refuse to discuss Bonds if prosecutors call him to testify.

Also among the evidence made public were a positive test for amphetamines in 2006 in a urine sample Bonds gave to Major League Baseball; doping calendars Anderson maintained with the initials "BB" and a handwritten note seized from his house labeled "Barry" that appears to be a laundry list of steroids and planned blood tests; and a list of current and former major leaguers, including Jason Giambi, who are expected to testify at the March 2 trial.

The documents said Steve Hoskins, Bonds' childhood friend and personal assistant, secretly tape-recorded a 2003 conversation with Anderson in the Giants' clubhouse because Hoskins wanted to prove to Bonds' father, Bobby Bonds, that his son was using steroids.

During that conversation, Anderson told Hoskins that "everything that I've been doing at this point, it's all undetectable," according to the documents.

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported about a tape recording involving Anderson in October 2004.

According to records prosecutors took from the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, Bonds tested positive on three occasions in 2000 and 2001 for the steroid methenelone in urine samples; he also tested positive two of those three times for the steroid nandrolone.

A government-retained scientist, Don Catlin, said he found evidence that Bonds used the designer steroid THG upon retesting a urine sample Bonds supplied as part of baseball's anonymous survey drug testing in 2003, when the designer drug was not yet detectable. Catlin said the sample also tested positive for Clomid and foreign testosterone.

Orioles: : Left-handed pitcher John Parrish signed a minor league deal, returning him to the organization in which he spent the first six seasons of his major league career.

Parrish, 31, who spent last season with the Blue Jays, received an invitation to major league spring training. His contract includes a clause that will allow him to opt out if he's not on the major league roster by April 3, three days before the Orioles' season opener.

Parrish went 10-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 17 games (13 starts) at Triple-A Syracuse last year. He appeared in 13 games (six starts) with the Blue Jays, going 1-1 with a 4.04 ERA.

Left-hander Brian Burres, who was designated for assignment when the Orioles acquired Rich Hill from the Cubs on Monday, was claimed by the Blue Jays.

Et cetera: : Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax was among the clients who lost money investing in the alleged Ponzi scheme run by money manager Bernard Madoff, according to a court filing released last night. ... Right-hander Brian Bannister and the Royals agreed to a one-year, $1,737,500 contract and avoided salary arbitration. ... The Rockies acquired outfielder Matt Murton from the Athletics for minor league infielder Corey Wimberly. ... The Yankees traded left-hander Chase Wright to the Brewers for outfielder-catcher Eric Fryer.

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