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Bonds's Trainer Set to Remain Silent

Thursday, July 27, 2006; E07

Attorneys for Barry Bonds 's personal trainer say he'd rather go back to prison for a third time than take part in the grand jury investigation of his childhood friend for tax evasion and perjury.

Fresh off a 15-day jail term for refusing to cooperate in an earlier phase of the probe, Greg Anderson is expected to be called today before a new grand jury investigating the Giants slugger. But the trainer is expected to renew his vow of silence.

"He's resigned to do whatever it takes to maintain his integrity," said Paula Canny , an attorney and close friend of Anderson.

Anderson was released from prison last week on the same day prosecutors announced a grand jury investigating Bonds had expired without issuing an indictment. The new grand jury quickly was assembled, and Anderson received what was believed to be the first subpoena -- ordering him to appear before the panel today.

If he again refuses to testify, he'll be hauled in front of a federal judge who will demand to know why he should be excused from testifying to a grand jury, a requirement even the president of the United States has to honor.

Because Anderson's legal arguments remain largely the same, the judge likely will send the trainer back to prison. It would be his third trip to a federal lockup in less than a year; Anderson served three months after pleading guilty to steroid distribution and money laundering stemming from the government's investigation of the Bay Area lab that allegedly supplied Bonds and other elite athletes with performance-enhancing drugs.

· STREAK EXTENDED : The Phillies' Chase Utley hit a three-run home run in the second inning against the Diamondbacks last night to run his hitting streak to 26 games, tying for the fourth longest in Phillies history. SS Jimmy Rollins has the longest streak in team history at 38 games -- the final 36 of last season and the first two this year.

· A DEAL: Scott Hatteberg , who took over at first base for the Reds and has been an important part of their resurgence, got a one-year contract extension that will pay him at least $1.65 million. Hatteberg gets a $1.5 million base salary next season. The contract includes a club option for 2008 at $1.85 million, with a $150,000 buyout.

· PITCHING PLAN: Dodgers RHP Brett Tomko is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list before the week ends. When he is, the team will use him out of the bullpen.

Tomko, 33, was 6-6 with a 5.12 ERA in 15 starts before he strained an oblique muscle in his left side on June 24. He made two rehab appearances with Class AAA Las Vegas over the weekend, pitching one inning each time.

-- From News Services

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