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Bonds: Legal issues never far

SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds is publicly referring to himself as a convicted felon these days, and he's quick to point out that conviction was never for steroid use.

He appealed his obstruction of justice conviction from April 2011 on one count of giving an evasive answer to a 2003 grand jury investigating illegal steroids distribution.

"I went through the system. And that's what it is," Bond said Monday, attending the Diamondbacks-Giants game while doing charity work through Big Brothers and Sisters. "And that's what I got. I'm in an appeal process right now. I was never convicted of steroids."

The slugger, who last played in 2007, said he met recently with Giants president and CEO Larry Baer about working for the club in some capacity, and Bonds has a personal services contract the Giants have said could go into effect once his legal proceedings end.

When asked if he had any regrets, Bonds said: "I'm a convicted felon for obstruction of justice, and that's who I am. I live with it."

On his legal issues: "It'll never go off your mind. You don't ever forget those things.''

Bonds, 47, looking lean at about 212 pounds from his new love for cycling, spent a stint in the broadcast booth during San Francisco's win.

leyland rants: Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected from a loss to the Red Sox, and erupted to reporters afterward: "You guys need to write something and hold people accountable." With two outs in the second, Boston's Mike Aviles swung at what would have been strike three. It was ruled a foul tip by umpire Jeff Nelson, and the ball was determined to hit the dirt before C Gerald Laird gloved it. Replays showed a swing and miss, and Laird catching it cleanly. Aviles then lined an RBI single, and two more runs followed. Leyland told reporters: "Was that a ridiculous call? Then write that it was a ridiculous … call!"

hamilton sits: Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton sat out because of what the team says is an upper respiratory problem that has bothered him for more than a week. Hamilton said the last couple days have been "a little weird."

angels: OF Torii Hunter returned after a two-week absence to deal with the arrest of his son Darius, 17, who is charged with sexual assault.

athletics: The team said slugger Manny Ramirez will not join the team when his 50-game drug ban expires Wednesday. He will join Triple-A Sacramento's 25-man roster, with no time frame for a major-league call-up.

Marlins: RH reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo was suspended for eight weeks by Major League Baseball for age and identity fraud. Oviedo, 30, a year older than previously listed, played as Leo Nunez for seven seasons.

Orioles: Baltimore, which begins a three-game series at the Rays on Friday, activated INF Mark Reynolds and placed RHP Stu Pomeranz on the 15-day disabled list with a torn muscle in his side. Reynolds had a strained muscle in his left side.

padres: Golfer Phil Mickelson joined one of the five groups trying to buy the team. His group includes four grandchildren of former Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley.

phillies: RHP Roy Halladay is scheduled to see a doctor today about his sore right shoulder.

Bonds: Legal issues never far 05/28/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 12:07am]

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