Baseball Notable

Barry Bonds declined to elaborate about death threats the San Francisco slugger says he is receiving.

"We're not going anywhere with that," Bonds said while walking off the field after yesterday's workout at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona.

The 42-year-old Bonds, 22 home runs away from passing Hank Aaron's career record of 755, told San Francisco's KGO radio on Tuesday that he has been receiving threats.

Bonds has been closely guarded by a Major League Baseball security official throughout spring training for the second straight year. The seven-time NL MVP is scheduled to play his first exhibition game today in Scottsdale against the Brewers.

Dodgers. Former manager Tom Lasorda denied published allegations that he consorted with a Hollywood madam.

The Hall of Famer was included on a celebrity-studded list of supposed clients of convicted Los Angeles madam Jody "Babydol" Gibson.

Lasorda, 79, insisted he had never even spoken to Gibson, let alone paid for sex.

He said he probably would not sue Gibson, although his attorney said he intended to do so.

Athletics. Oakland outfielder Bobby Kielty needs arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will be sidelined for three to six weeks, the team said.

Kielty, who came to camp in the best shape of his career, injured the knee Sunday during a rundown drill.

Marlins. With righthander Josh Johnson sidelined by a sore arm, Florida is auditioning candidates for a fifth starter to begin the season, manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Johnson has yet to throw from a mound during spring training, and the Marlins anticipate that he will not be ready for the start of the season April 2, Gonzalez said.

Candidates to fill the fifth spot include righthanders Yusmeiro Petit, Wes Obermueller, Sergio Mitre and Jose Garcia and lefthander Chris George.

Mets. New York closer Billy Wagner said he was working on adding an off-speed pitch to his fastball-slider repertoire.

The lefthander describes it as a split-fingered change-up, designed to fade away from righthanded hitters.

White Sox. Closer Bobby Jenks threw nine pitches in Chicago's opening spring-training game against Colorado before being taken out because of tightness in his right shoulder.

Jenks, who led the White Sox with 41 saves last year and was an instrumental part of Chicago's late-season run to the 2005 World Series, was to be evaluated today.

College Hall of Fame. Paul Molitor and Bob Gibson are among 50 former players and coaches on the ballot this year for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

The ballot, which was to be officially released by the College Baseball Foundation today, includes 26 players, 12 coaches and 12 veteran candidates.

The 90-member voting committee, which includes last year's 10 inaugural inductees, will participate in two rounds of elimination votes.

Molitor led Minnesota to its last College World Series in 1977. Gibson starred at Creighton from 1954 to '57. Also nominated were former Phillies Pete Incaviglia (Oklahoma State) and Keith Moreland (Texas).

- Inquirer wire services