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Barry Bonds tested positive for steroids 3 times, court documents say

February 4, 2009 |  2:36 pm

Barry Bonds

Hundreds of pages of documents illustrating the government's case against baseball's all-time home run king Barry Bonds were unsealed today, with prosecutors revealing the slugger tested positive for anabolic steroids three times between 2000 and 2001 and describing the strength of their charges in stark terms.

In the transcript of a tape-recorded March 2003 conversation the government claims is between Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson, and his longtime friend and personal assistant Steve Hoskins, Anderson talks about changing the injection sites on Bonds to avoid infections and says why he's "not even trippin' " about drug tests later that year by Major League Baseball because he was injecting Bonds with undetectable substances.

"You can take it the day of and pee and it comes up with nothing," the person identified as Anderson tells Hoskins.

The government replies in its filing, "This is overwhelming evidence that the defendant committed perjury when he denied knowingly using steroids [to a federal grand jury] or ever being injected by anyone other than a doctor."

We'll be following this story throughout the day and will have more later on latimes.com/sports.

-- Lance Pugmire

Photo: In August 2007, Barry Bonds watches his long fly ball sail into right field for an out in a game against the Dodgers. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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