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Tigers pounce early to edge Indians

MAJOR LEAGUES Detroit pitcher Jeremy Bonderman kept up his winning streak on the road. Meanwhile the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 8-7 at home

AP , CLEVELAND

Ryan Howard's two-run homer -- his 32nd -- in the eighth inning off Tyler Yates cut the Phillies deficit to 9-8. Wilson Betemit made it 10-8 in the ninth with his ninth homer.

Tim Hudson (8-8) pitched 5 2-3 innings to post his second straight win. He gave up four runs -- two earned -- and six hits with five walks and four strikeouts. Newly acquired closer Bob Wickman pitched the ninth, converting his first save opportunity with the Braves.

Barry Bonds' attorney is asking federal authorities to investigate the possible leak of the baseball star's medical records in the government's ongoing investigation of Bonds for perjury and tax evasion.

Citing two people familiar with the probe, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Saturday that the US Attorney's office had received the medical records last week in response to a subpoena issued to the San Francisco Giants.

Bonds' lawyer, Michael Rains, said there is nothing in the records indicating Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs. Still, Rains said on Monday he would file a complaint with a federal judge in San Francisco protesting what he alleged was a government leak of his client's medical records.

``Basically, we're sending a letter to the US Attorney and court seeking an investigation into the leak of the medical records,'' said Maggie Bedig, a Rains spokeswoman.

The government's doping probe has been riddled with leaks, and investigators already are seeking the testimony of two Chronicle reporters to find out who leaked them the secret testimony of Bonds, Jason Giambi and other athletes who testified before a grand jury in 2003.

A spokesman for US Attorney Kevin Ryan denied his office was the source of any leak.

``The government understands and readily complies with its obligation to keep all sensitive material confidential. `We always welcome, and have in fact ourselves requested, investigations into all potential sources of leaks of such sensitive material, including potential non-governmental sources,'' Luke Macaulay said on Monday in a statement.

Bonds is suspected of lying to a grand jury when he testified in December 2003 that he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs. A second grand jury was convened to investigate those allegations, as well as whether Bonds failed to pay taxes on the sale of memorabilia.

That grand jury expired last week without handing up an indictment, but a new panel will take up the probe and begin hearing testimony this week.

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