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Originally published Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 7:30 PM

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Recordings of Barry Bonds' messages to mistress are released | Baseball

Federal prosecutors Wednesday released transcripts and recordings of voice-mail messages Barry Bonds left for a mistress during their relationship.

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors Wednesday released transcripts and recordings of voice-mail messages Barry Bonds left for a mistress during their relationship.

They don't portray the retired San Francisco Giants' slugger in a flattering light.

In most of the messages, Bonds angrily inquires about Kimberly Bell's whereabouts. Prosecutors contend the recordings and transcripts are evidence of Bonds' steroid use because the drugs are said to induce rage in some users.

Bonds' perjury trial is to start Monday in San Francisco, and his attorneys are seeking to exclude the recordings. They argue the material is irrelevant because there is no mention of performance-enhancing drug use.

"However lamentable the fact may be, the use of profane and angry language between paramours is an everyday occurrence," defense lawyer Dennis Riordan wrote in a filing with the court.

Bell is scheduled to testify her relationship with Bonds from 1994 to 2003 was a stormy one marked by his increasing verbal abuse.

He calls her a "slut" in one voice mail, and uses more graphic language in others.

Bonds, 46, is charged with four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice regarding his statements he never knowingly took steroids.

Notes

• Ex-Washington Huskies standout Tim Lincecum struck out seven in 5-1/3 innings for San Francisco in a 5-3 exhibition victory over the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Ariz. Lincecum give up one run on three hits for the defending World Series champions.

"The key to me is to get in a good tempo, good rhythm from beginning to end," said Lincecum, the NL Cy Young Award winner in 2008 and 2009. "I haven't felt this good all spring, or in any year for that matter."

Lincecum walked three. "I was hitting spots better than I had in past years, so that's a positive I can take away from this," he said.

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Former Husky Brent Lillibridge hit a two-run homer in the seventh for the White Sox.

• Minnesota superstar Joe Mauer, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, had a hit in his first at-bat of the spring. Mauer, an All-Star catcher, went 1 for 3 in a designated-hitter role as the Twins beat the New York Mets 4-3 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Mauer is likely to play in the field for the first time Thursday, in a minor-league game.

Chris Carpenter returned from a left-hamstring injury and gave up three runs in four innings for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 9-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla.

Carpenter hadn't pitched since being injured March 1. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Carpenter, who went 16-9 with a 3.22 earned-run average last year, would be the opening-day starter.

Albert Pujols of the Cardinals hit a grand slam — his first home run of the exhibition season.

Marty Marion, a brilliant defensive shortstop who was the 1944 NL most valuable player with the Cardinals, died Tuesday in St. Louis. He was 93.

The eight-time All-Star had a career batting average of .263.

His career cut short by a back injury, Marion managed the Cardinals in 1951, then was player-manager for the St. Louis Browns in 1952 and 1953. Marion managed the Chicago White Sox for part of the 1954 season and all the 1955 and '56 seasons and had a career record of 356-372.

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