Colorado first baseman Jason Giambi and his brother, Jeremy, testified Tuesday in San Francisco that Barry Bonds' personal trainer supplied them with performance-enhancing drugs.
The two were the first athletes called to testify at the Bonds perjury trial, which is in its second week.
Bonds has pleaded not guilty to four charges he lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs. He also pleaded not guilty to a charge of obstruction.
Appearing calm, Jason Giambi testified he met trainer Greg Anderson after the 2002 season while both were traveling through Japan with a U.S. all-star team.
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When they returned to the states, Anderson had Giambi’s blood tested and it turned up positive for a steroid that Major League Baseball was planning to test for during the 2003 season.
“Anderson told me that would trip a Major League Baseball test and that I should take something else,” Giambi said.
Giambi said he paid Anderson about $10,000 for several shipments of steroids known as “the clear” and “the cream” designed to evade detection starting in late 2002 and through the beginning of the 2003 season. Syringes and a calendar detailing when he should take the substances were included in the first shipment, Giambi testified.
Former Giants trainer Stan Conte, now with the Dodgers, also testified that Bonds added significant muscle mass before the 2000 season. Conte said he noticed acne on the slugger’s back, which prosecutors allege is a side effect of steroid use.
Major League Baseball and its players union announced a new set of protocols for dealing with concussions, including the creation of a new seven-day disabled list for players. Pitcher Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers agreed to a four-year contract worth about $41.3 million that adds $35 million in guaranteed money over the final three seasons. Phillies closer Brad Lidge is expected to miss three to six weeks after an MRI exam showed he has a strained right shoulder. Hideki Matsui and the A’s have raised more than $50,000 to help relief efforts in Japan after the 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami after Matsui separately donated $620,000.