Bonds remains set on competing

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Unsigned and thus far unwanted, Barry Bonds still wants to play this year.

"I'm not going to retire. I don't think that's going to happen," he told "I'm working out. I'm training. If my phone rings, it rings. If it don't, it don't. I have a cell phone. I have a Blackberry. They work. If something comes up, I'm sure they'll let me know. I'll come back in July if I have to. It depends on the circumstances."

Baseball's home-run king was indicted in November on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice stemming from 2003 grand-jury testimony in which he denied knowingly using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. He pleaded innocent.

YANKEES: Joba Chamberlain , considered a candidate for the starting rotation, will begin the season in the bullpen.

"We think it's where he fits best right now," manager Joe Girardi said.

When asked if Chamberlain would go back to the setup role he thrived in as a rookie, Girardi refused to be specific but said Chamberlain would pitch late.

DODGERS: Nomar Garciaparra has a broken bone in his right hand and might not be ready for opening day.

Garciaparra had an MRI on Wednesday in Los Angeles that revealed a microfracture. The Dodgers do not consider the injury to be as serious as a complete fracture of a bone, and expect to know more once the 34-year-old is examined today by the team's medical staff in Arizona.

METS: Orlando Hernandez and Mike Pelfrey , the two contenders for the final spot in New York's rotation, pitched against each other in a simulated game Tuesday.

Don't expect their performances to sway manager Willie Randolph one way or the other.

"Like I've said all spring, I don't take a lot out of simulated games," Randolph said.

RAYS: James Shields was picked to start Tampa Bay's season opener.

Shields got the word Wednes-day, when manager Joe Maddon reiterated that there's no definite timetable for AL strikeout champion Scott Kazmir to return from an elbow strain.

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