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Lawyer indicates Bonds trainer won't testify

Associated Press / February 25, 2009
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Barry Bonds's personal trainer is likely to tell a federal judge in San Francisco Friday that he has no plans to testify at the home run king's trial on charges he lied when he told a grand jury he didn't knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.

Greg Anderson had been scheduled to appear before US District Judge Susan Illston today to tell her whether he would break his silence. The hearing was postponed until Friday at the request of Anderson's lawyer, Mark Geragos, who is busy with another trial.

The judge granted the request yesterday.

"Greg and I will be there and I don't expect anything has changed," Geragos said. "I believe Greg is firm in his commitment" to not testify.

Anderson already has spent a year in prison for refusing to testify before a grand jury about his relationship with Bonds.

Geragos said he believes the government wants to put Anderson in custody again.

"There is no authority for him to be placed in jail again," Geragos said. "You can't just put people in jail because you want to."

A-Rod prepared
Alex Rodriguez is prepared for the worst when he plays in the Yankees' spring training opener today.

The game against Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., will be his first since admitting he used a banned substance while playing for Texas from 2001-03. He's used to playing before hostile fans.

"I've had good practice the last eight years," Rodriguez said. "No expectations. Hopefully I get three good at-bats and get some good running in."

Rodriguez expects to meet soon with investigators from Major League Baseball, which wants to speak with him before he joins the Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic.

"I'm just waiting to hear from somebody," Rodriguez said.

Wells out two weeks
Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells said he expects to miss two weeks after an MRI showed that he re-injured the left hamstring that kept him on the disabled list for a month late last season. "I don't think it's that big of a deal," Wells said. "It's something that if I needed to get through it now, I could. But this time of the year, it's just basically get healthy and get ready for the season." . . . Ken Griffey Jr. could get a total of $5 million this year in his return to Seattle if he stays healthy and fans flock to see him. The Mariners have layered performance bonuses based upon plate appearances and attendance that could net Griffey an additional $3 million - on top of the $2 million in base salary that's in the one-year contract baseball's leading active home run hitter agreed to Saturday. The 39-year-old Griffey could earn $3 million more if the Mariners have a paid attendance total of 3 million, he has 500 plate appearances, and he does not go on the disabled list, according to salary figures obtained by the AP . . . Garret Anderson, who has spent his entire 15-year career with the Angels, completed a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Braves. "I have no idea what to expect," the 36-year-old said during a news conference announcing the deal. "It will be different, but my chapter with the Angels is closed."

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