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SELIG WON'T OPEN UP ABOUT BONDS, STEROIDS

Bud Selig was willing to discuss just about everything - other than Barry Bonds and steroids.

The baseball commissioner sidestepped questions Thursday about whether he'll attend games as Bonds nears Hank Aaron's home run record of 755.

"Is he really approaching?" Selig, a longtime friend of Aaron, said facetiously after owners finished their two-day meeting. "I don't have anything different to say today. I'll make a decision at some appropriate time."

And Selig wouldn't say whether he was concerned that active players have not agreed to be interviewed for former Sen. George Mitchell's steroids investigation and that only a few have supplied requested medical records.

Beckett goes to DL

BOSTON - Josh Beckett is headed for the disabled list because of a finger injury and is expected to miss two starts before returning for Boston's home game May 29 against Cleveland.

Beckett, baseball's winningest pitcher at 7-0, is recovering from a torn flap of skin on the middle finger of his throwing hand. The right-hander will throw on the side before tonight's game against Atlanta, which he had been scheduled to start.

The Red Sox said Beckett would go on the disabled list today and right-hander Devern Hansack would be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to face the Braves.

GRIEVANCES FILED: The players association filed grievances over the suspensions of Mariners pitcher Julio Mateo and Diamondbacks INF Alberto Callaspo.

Mateo was arrested in New York after a dispute at a Manhattan hotel May 5 involving a woman police said was his wife. He was arrested on a charge of third-degree assault, posted bond and was released. Callaspo was arrested May 10 on suspicion of assaulting his wife. He was released without bail.

RE-EXAMINING STEROID POLICY: The Mets plan to re-examine their educational program about the dangers of steroids after their third drug-related suspension in 6-1/2 months. Pitcher Lino Urdaneta was suspended for 50 games Wednesday, eight days after pitcher Jorge Reyes was suspended for 100 games. Reyes drew a longer ban because it was his second offense. Reliever Guillermo Mota is serving a 50-game suspension after testing positive Nov. 1.

BRAVES: LHP Mark Redman was activated from the 15-day disabled list in case RHP John Smoltz hasn't recovered enough from a dislocated right pinky to start.

NATIONALS: RHP Jason Bergmann complained of elbow tightness but had an MRI exam that came back negative. He is day to day.

REDS: RHP Aaron Harang went on the bereavement list and was in San Diego to be with his ailing grandfather.

WHITE SOX: Former Rays C Toby Hall was activated from the 15-day DL. Hall, who dislocated his right shoulder diving for a ball while playing first base in a spring game March 25, had been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte.

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