Bonds to be sentenced for obstruction charge Friday

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Bonds to be sentenced for obstruction charge Friday

It all comes down to Friday.

Barry Bonds, former Giants left fielder and Major LeagueBaseballs home run king, will stand before U.S District Court Judge SusanIllston on Friday to be sentenced for his obstruction of justice charge relatedto the 2003 BALCO steroids scandal.The sentencing hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. at theFederal Courthouse in San Francisco.Bonds was indicted on perjury and obstruction charges in2007, and was convicted for providing evasive testimony to a federal grand juryafter a three-week trial last April.The jury deadlocked on his perjury charges.Prosecutors are pressing for prison time for Bonds, 47.NEWS: Feds want 15 months of prison for Bonds
Illston has shown leniency in her sentencing in two previoussteroid cases she presided over. Bicycle racer Tammy Thomas was sentenced tohouse arrest by Illston for her perjury conviction; the same with track coachTrevor Graham.Stay logged on to CSNBayArea.com for the latest on the BarryBonds sentencing hearing, and tune in to SportsNet Central tonight and everynight at 6, 10:30 p.m. and midnight on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

Giants lineup: Nunez returns, Panik gets night off vs Braves

Giants lineup: Nunez returns, Panik gets night off vs Braves

The Giants return to San Francisco and try to shake off a three-game losing streak when they face the Braves. Manager Bruce Bochy has issued his lineup for Game 1 of the series.

The Giants return home and try to shake off a three-game losing streak when they face the Braves. 

Braves (20-25)
1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
3. Nick Markakis (L) RF
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Tyler Flowers (R) C
7. Rio Ruiz (L) 3B
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. Jaime Garcia (L) P

Giants (20-29)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Justin Ruggiano (R) RF
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Christian Arroyo (R) 2B
9. Matt Cain (R) P

Giants reinstate Hill from DL, option Okert to Triple-A Sacramento

Giants reinstate Hill from DL, option Okert to Triple-A Sacramento

SAN FRANCISCO -- After Wednesday's game in Chicago, Bruce Bochy talked of the bullpen and said "we've got to get our lefties going." One of them is no longer in the big leagues.

The Giants optioned Steven Okert back to Triple-A Sacramento before Friday's game to clear a roster spot for Aaron Hill. Hill hasn't played since April 22. He was batting .120 in 12 games before feeling discomfort in his throwing arm, and the recovery was slower than the Giants first expected.

Okert took on a big role in the bullpen upon being recalled, and he had a couple of huge multi-inning outings in wins. But the ERA is up to 6.23 and Bochy felt Okert had lost some confidence on the mound.

The Giants are again back to one lefty, Josh Osich, in the bullpen.