No verdict, no hints from jury in Bonds trial

SAN FRANCISCO — Jurors in the Barry Bonds case remained mostly out of sight on Day 3 of their deliberations. They never entered Judge Susan Illston's courtoom on the 19th floor of the Phillip Burton Federal Building, spending about six hours behind closed doors Tuesday without reaching a verdict.

Except for a couple of quick breaks and a timeout for lunch, that was it.

No questions for the judge. No readbacks of testimony. And no clues as to which way, if any, the eight women and four men who will decide the home run king's fate are leaning.

With each passing hour, speculation mounted as to whether the jury will be able to reach a verdict on the four charges: three counts of making false statements to a grand jury in 2003 and one count of obstruction of justice.

"I would say it is still early to be thinking about a hung jury," said Douglas Tween, a former trial attorney in the Justice Department's antitrust division and now a principal at Baker & McKenzie. "A general rule of thumb is one to two days of deliberation for every week of trial, so I don't think this case is unusual at this point."

Hamilton out 6-8 weeks

DETROIT — Rangers OF Josh Hamilton is expected to miss six to eight weeks after breaking his upper right arm on a headfirst dive into home, a daring dash the AL MVP later called "stupid."

The former Rays prospect tried to score from third on a foul popup near the Tigers dugout in the first inning. 3B Brandon Inge and C Victor Martinez chased the ball, leaving the plate unprotected.

Inge made the catch then tossed the ball to Martinez, who scampered back to tag Hamilton.

"It was a stupid play," Hamilton said. "The whole time the ball was in the air, the coach was yelling, 'Go, there's no one at home,' and I was thinking, 'I don't want to do this, something is going to happen.'

"But I listened to my coach," he said, referring to third-base coach Dave Anderson. "It was way too aggressive."

DELGADO DONE: Two-time All-Star 1B Carlos Delgado, out of the majors since 2009 while trying to come back from hip injuries, plans to announce his retirement today. Delgado, 38, batted .280 and hit 473 home runs during a 17-year career.

ASTROS: Manager Brad Mills was suspended for one game and RH reliever Aneury Rodriguez for three after their Sunday ejections against the Marlins.

BLUE JAYS: CF Rajai Davis went on the disabled list with an injured right ankle, and RH reliever Casey Janssen was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

BRAVES: RHP Jair Jurrjens felt good a day after allowing two runs in six innings during a Triple-A rehab start and is scheduled to return from a strained oblique muscle Saturday.

BREWERS: RH reliever Takashi Saito went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 6 with a left hamstring strain.

CUBS: LHP Doug Davis, 35, agreed to a minor-league contract. Davis can earn up to $2 million in salary and incentives if he is called up.

DODGERS: SS Rafael Furcal went on the 15-day disabled list as expected a day after he broke his left thumb. Furcal will be examined by a hand specialist.

MARINERS: CF Franklin Gutierrez, on the disabled list with a stomach ailment, plans to work out with the team the next three days then begin a rehab stint. … C Adam Moore is likely to miss the rest of the season after right knee surgery revealed more extensive damage.

NATIONALS: 3B Ryan Zimmerman went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle. C Jesus Flores was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

WHITE SOX: DH Adam Dunn returned to the lineup six days after having an emergency appendectomy. … OF Lastings Milledge, who played at Northside Christian, cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Charlotte.

No verdict, no hints from jury in Bonds trial 04/12/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 10:44pm]

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