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Giambi brothers: Bonds' personal trainer supplied steroids

SAN FRANCISCO — Rockies first baseman Jason Giambi and brother Jeremy testified Tuesday that Barry Bonds' personal trainer supplied them with performance-enhancing drugs.

They were the first athletes called to testify at Bonds' perjury trial, which is in its second week.

Jason Giambi testified that he met trainer Greg Anderson after the 2002 season, and Giambi said he paid Anderson about $10,000 for several shipments of steroids known as "the clear" and "the cream" designed to evade detection starting in late 2002 and through the beginning of the 2003 baseball season.

Bonds attorney Cris Arguedas read Jason Giambi's 2003 grand jury testimony when he testified that Anderson had told him "the clear and the cream had steroidlike effects without being a steroid." Giambi agreed with that testimony.

Marvin Benard, Bonds' teammate with the Giants, also testified he bought steroids from Anderson and used them.

Bonds lawyer Allen Ruby said Bonds used the steroids but believed Anderson when he told him they were legal supplements.

Phils' Lidge sidelined: Phillies closer Brad Lidge is expected to miss 3-6 weeks after an MRI exam showed he has a strained right shoulder. The reliever will not need surgery and will start the season on the disabled list.

Concussion rules: MLB and its players' union announced a set of protocols for dealing with concussions, including the creation of a seven-day DL for players with the injury, mandatory baseline testing for all players and umpires and new steps for evaluating players who might have suffered the injury and for having them return to action.

Japan aid: Hideki Matsui and the A's have raised more than $50,000 to help with the relief efforts in Japan after this month's earthquake and tsunami.

Cubs: Right-hander Matt Garza gave up 11 hits and seven runs in three-plus innings in a 15-8 loss to the Diamondbacks. The former Ray's spring ERA hit 10.38.

Dodgers: Right-hander Chad Billingsley signed a four-year deal worth about $41.3 million.

Mariners: Gold Glove centerfielder Franklin Gutierrez (illness) went on the 15-day DL, reported.

Mets: Right-hander Blaine Boyer earned the final bullpen spot.

Orioles: Right-hander Justin Duchscherer (hip strain) went on the 15-day DL.

Rangers: Left-hander C.J. Wilson (left hamstring tightness) says he will be ready to start Friday's opener against the Red Sox.

Giambi brothers: Bonds' personal trainer supplied steroids 03/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 9:31pm]
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