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Bonds’s messages to mistress released

Associated Press / March 17, 2011

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Federal prosecutors in San Francisco yesterday released transcripts and recordings of voicemail messages Barry Bonds left for his former mistress during their nine-year relationship.

Most of the messages show Bonds angrily inquiring after Kimberly Bell’s whereabouts. Prosecutors say the recordings and transcripts are evidence of Bonds’s steroid use because the drugs supposedly induce rage in some users.

Both sides also agreed on an 18-page questionnaire prospective jurors will be asked to fill out as Bonds’s perjury trial gets underway Monday.

The sides, however, are sharply divided over whether the jury should hear the recordings Bonds left for Bell. Prosecutors want to play 11 of the voicemails for the panel.

Bell also is scheduled to testify that her relationship with Bonds was a stormy one marked by the slugger’s increasing verbal abuse. She also will tell the jury of physical changes she witnessed Bonds go through that prosecutors attribute to steroid use.

Bonds’s attorneys are seeking to exclude the recordings. They argue the material is irrelevant because there is no mention of peformance-enhancing drug use.

A few of the recordings showed a playful and caring Bonds calling Bell his “little spark plug’’ who brings “a lot of bright stuff to my life.’’

But many others are darker and abusive. He calls her a “slut’’ in one, and uses more graphic language in others.

“You better reach out and page me once in a while or you’re up to something other than that,’’ he says in one of the few angry voicemails devoid of profanity. “Girl, I ain’t playing.’’

Bonds also, at one point, admonishes Bell: “Don’t forget to erase your messages, later.’’

Salazar loses eye Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar has lost his left eye after he was struck in the face by a line drive while watching a spring training game.

General manager Frank Wren said doctors were unable to save Salazar’s left eye after the accident March 9. The former major league player is otherwise recovering and expects to manage Lynchburg of the Single A Carolina League this season.

The 54-year-old Salazar was standing on the top step of the dugout during a game between the Braves and Cardinals when Brian McCann fouled a ball in his direction. He was treated for multiple facial fractures, but doctors couldn’t save the eye.

Cards name Carpenter Chris Carpenter was given a vote of confidence in his return from a left hamstring injury: He was named the Cardinals’ Opening Day starter. In his first outing since March 1, Carpenter gave up three runs and six hits in four innings in a win over the Tigers. “I feel fine right now and I’ll be ready for Opening Day,’’ Carpenter said. “It felt better as I went along.’’ . . . Twins’ Joe Mauer, serving as the DH while recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, singled in three at-bats in his first game action of the spring in a win over the Mets . . . Carlos Beltran played catch and took batting practice, the first baseball activity for the Mets outfielder in more than a week because of tendinitis in his left knee . . . Ivan Nova, competing for one of two open spots in the Yankees’ rotation, threw six no-hit innings in a 10-0 win over the Orioles. Meanwhile, Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain will play catch today for the first time in four days, testing a strained muscle on his upper left side . . . Marty Marion, the 1944 NL MVP with the Cardinals and a former manager of the Cardinals and Browns, died Tuesday at 93. Obituary, B12.

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