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Bonds a no-show for the first full workout

The Giants gathered as a full team for the first time this year, with players getting the chance to hit, field, run and throw together as they prepare for the start of the season.

There was one notable exception - Barry Bonds was nowhere to be found.

A no-show at the first voluntary workout for position players, Bonds' agent told the team last week that because of personal issues, the star would come a day or two later than his teammates.

Players aren't required to come to spring training until Tuesday and Bonds isn't the only star to miss his team's first workout. The Red Sox gave Manny Ramirez permission to report March 1.

Giants outfielder Moises Alou said Bonds had earned the right to miss the first workout and wasn't concerned about when his teammate would arrive. "To me, he can get here whenever he feels he is ready because whenever he walks into this field he'll perform the way Barry has performed all of the time," Alou said.

TINO TURNS TO TV: His playing career apparently over, Tino Martinez is joining ESPN as an analyst on Baseball Tonight. Martinez spent last season with the Yankees, then became a free agent.

ELSTON HONORED: Former Astros broadcaster Gene Elston was picked to receive the Ford C. Frick Award and will be honored at the Hall of Fame induction.

OBITUARY: Former Reds pitching coach Scott Breeden died at his Tampa home, his wife said. He was 68. Brenda Breeden said an autopsy would be conducted, but that she believed that her husband, who had high blood pressure, died of a heart attack.

CARDINALS: Larry Walker made his first spring training appearance with the team as an instructor, and plans to split time between the Cardinals' clubhouse and helping out in Florida this March.

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