A typo in court papers regarding Barry Bonds filed Thursday by federal prosecutors touched off a brief tempest over the mistaken belief that he failed a drug test in November 2001, one month after breaking the homer record for a season with 73.
In fact, the government meant to reference a previously reported November 2000 failed drug test, U.S. attorney spokesman Josh Eaton said. That drug test was included in the indictment unsealed last year.
The mistake prompted at least one erroneous report posted to Web sites around the country.
The filing amounted to federal prosecutors defending their questioning of Bonds before a grand jury, and urging a judge to keep the perjury case on track.
Bonds had argued that the questions posed to him were ambiguous and confusing. He asked the five-count indictment charging him with lying to a grand jury be tossed out. Bonds has pleaded not guilty.
In the filing, prosecutors said Bonds was specifically told before he began testifying in 2003 that he could consult with his lawyers or ask for a question rephrased if he got confused.
"Bonds never said he was confused or asked the prosecutor to rephrase a question," the government's filing stated.
INDIANS: General manager Mark Shapiro said he doesn't expect to have any talks with C.C. Sabathia, the Cy Young winner, until the season is over. He was reacting to a message Sabathia posted said on his Web site Wednesday that said he and his agents have broken off negotiations on an extension. The Indians recently offered Sabathia, who is eligible for free agency after the season, a four-year extension believed to be worth $17-million to $18-million per year. But if they want to keep the left-hander, the Indians may have to approach the six-year, $137.5-million contract the Mets gave Johan Santana.
PADRES: First baseman Tony Clark finalized a $900,000, one-year contract, and catcher Josh Bard agreed on a contract for $2,237,500 to avoid arbitration.
RED SOX: Right-hander Curt Schilling, facing a long process of rehabilitating his shoulder, has apparently patched up differences with the team over treating it. Schilling met with GM Theo Epstein, manager Terry Francona and pitching coach John Farrell after reporting to camp. He is scheduled to began rehab exercises today.
ROCKIES: Outfielder Brad Hawpe avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,925,000.