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Selig won’t quit day job for Bonds

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Bud Selig still hasn’t made out his lineup card for Barry Bonds.

With Bonds only five home runs from breaking Hank Aaron’s career mark, the commissioner was adamant Tuesday that he hadn’t decided whether to attend the record-breaker.

“All of this will have to be played by ear,” Selig said. “I do have a day job.”

Bonds entered the All-Star break with 751 homers. After hitting 11 home runs in his first 76 at-bats, Bonds has just six in his last 131.

Many baseball executives have speculated in recent weeks that Selig ultimately will go to some games when Bonds nears the record. Selig said there’s no plan in place, either way.

“None. Zero. I said I’d do it at the appropriate time, and I’ll determine what the appropriate time is,” he said prior to the All-Star game.

Full affidavits not given

Federal prosecutors say they did not give baseball steroids investigator George Mitchell complete copies of affidavits implicating players in the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Responding to applications filed by The Associated Press and Hearst Corp. in cases in Arizona and New York, prosecutors urged a judge to keep under seal the names of the players identified in sworn statements signed by IRS Special Agent Jeff Novitzky.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco filed papers Monday opposing the attempts by the AP and Hearst seeking unredacted copies of search warrant affidavits. The U.S. Attorney said both motions were a “thinly veiled attempt to benefit financially” by publicizing the names of people involved in the government’s steroid probe and does not serve a public need.

Clearing the bases

California sports agent Gustavo “Gus” Dominguez was sentenced to five years in prison for smuggling five Cuban baseball players into the U.S. … Television ratings for baseball’s All-Star Home Run Derby received a 5.1 rating on ESPN, down 6 percent from last year’s derby in Pittsburgh.

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