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Bonds' friend saw trainer with syringe

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds looked at the witness stand with a blank expression as a childhood friend and former business partner described how baseball's biggest star walked into the master bedroom at his spring training home along with trainer Greg Anderson, who had a syringe with a needle.

A few minutes later, Bonds and Anderson walked out.

Steve Hoskins testified in federal court Wednesday that he never saw Anderson inject Bonds. The question for the jury will be whether Hoskins' description, which the defense began to challenge later in the day, is a path toward convicting Bonds of lying when he told a grand jury seven years ago he never knowingly took steroids.

Speaking softly and fidgeting a bit in the witness chair, Hoskins gave the first dramatic testimony in the trial of the home-run king, who faces four counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction.

Hoskins said he witnessed scenes of Bonds and a needle-bearing Anderson entering a bedroom once or twice each spring training for three straight years starting in 2000.

A partner with Bonds in a memorabilia business, Hoskins said the home-run hitter asked him to inquire about the effects of the steroid Winstrol in 1999, at around the time Bonds was having left elbow surgery April 20. Hoskins said he went to Dr. Arthur Ting, who is expected to testify later in the trial, and brought a sheet of information back to the slugger.

"I was concerned in 1999 after speaking with Dr. Ting about it," Hoskins testified. "In 2003 I was even more concerned because it was getting -- it just seemed to be getting out of hand."


Bisons win first

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Zach Lutz hit a three-run home run and drove in four runs for the Buffalo Bisons in an 8-7 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs in a spring training game Wednesday.

Lutz went 3 for 4 and was a double away from hitting for the cycle. Chris Shelton drove in two runs on a pair of RBI ground outs for the Herd, now 1-5 in spring games.


Around the majors

*Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson might not be ready for opening day because of a strained muscle on his right side. Granderson underwent an MRI exam on Wednesday, which showed a strained internal oblique.

*Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt was hit behind the right ear by a Manny Ramirez line drive in their game against the Rays on Wednesday. X-rays revealed nothing beyond a bruise the team says may not prevent him from making his next scheduled start.

*Toronto right-hander Brandon Morrow will start the regular season on the disabled list because of inflammation in his forearm. He could return by mid-April.

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