Originally created 04/25/06

Poll uncovers Bonds skeptics



WASHINGTON - Most baseball fans think Major League Baseball could do more to curb the use of steroids, and they have doubts about slugger Barry Bonds as he chases the sport's career home run record.

Baseball has fallen short on keeping the sport drug-free, according to 53 percent in an AP-AOL Sports poll. Those most likely to feel that way are fans 30 and older and those with more education.

Almost two-thirds of fans have unfavorable or mixed feelings about Bonds, the San Francisco Giants star who is chasing the home run record while fending off accusations that he used steroids.

The poll found that 53 percent say Major League Baseball has fallen short on keeping the sport drug-free.

The AP-AOL Sports poll of 793 baseball fans was conducted April 10-12 and April 18-20 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

REDS: Cincinnati acquired outfielder Cody Ross from Los Angeles for a player to be named, and designated infielder Tony Womack for assignment to the minors.

The Reds also put left-hander Eric Milton on the 15-day disabled list and called up right-handed starter Elizardo Ramirez from Triple-A Louisville.

METS: New York broadcaster Keith Hernandez was reprimanded by the team's television network for "inappropriate" remarks during a broadcast about a female member of San Diego's training staff.

The former MVP first baseman said women "don't belong in the dugout" when he spotted 33-year-old Kelly Calabrese, the Padres' full-time massage therapist, high-fiving Mike Piazza in the dugout after he hit a home run during New York's 8-1 victory Saturday in San Diego.

After Hernandez found out that Calabrese was with the Padres training staff, he repeated that she shouldn't have been there. "I won't say that women belong in the kitchen, but they don't belong in the dugout," he said.

Hernandez, a former Mets star, then laughed and said: "You know I am only teasing. I love you gals out there - always have."

ROCKIES: Colorado first baseman Todd Helton was released from the hospital after spending the weekend being treated for a stomach ailment.

Helton, 32, was hospitalized Friday with severe lower abdominal pain and a fever. Details of his condition have not been released.

ANGELS: Los Angeles infielder Maicer Izturis was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring.

He was hurt on a steal attempt in the second inning Sunday in a 4-3 victory at Oakland.

PIRATES: First baseman Brad Eldred, one of Pittsburgh's top hitting prospects, will be out indefinitely with an injured left thumb suffered while playing for the team's Triple-A Indianapolis affiliate.