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Bonds Trial, Velarde Took Stand

Another former player, Randy Velarde stepped up to the stand and said he was receiving human growth hormone injections from Greg Anderson.

A career .276 hitter, Velarde said he met Anderson outside of spring training ballparks for the HGH injections. Greg Anderson is a lifetime friend of Bonds and is alleged as the one who provided Bonds with performance enhancers.

Velarde said he met Anderson “in various parking lots,” according to the Associated Press. When asked if 10 times were a fair number of meetings with Anderson, Velarde said it was. He is the fourth ballplayer to purchase performance enhancing drugs from Anderson.

Three previous players have been testifying against Bonds since Anderson is in jail for contempt. Anderson refuses to testify against Bonds. Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi and Marvin Benard have testified about their connection with Anderson. None of the players knew of anything about Bonds drug use.

He met Anderson in 2001 through Estalella, who split that year between Bonds’ Giants and the Yankees. Bobby Estalella is willing to testify against Bonds, saying Bonds admitted to him that he used performance enhancers.

“He mentioned to me he could get some stuff through Greg and gave me his name and number,” Velarde said, according to the Associated Press.

Bonds, baseball’s season and career home run king, is charged with four counts of lying and one count of obstruction for telling a grand jury in 2003 that he didn’t knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs.

-With Associated Press

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