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Kent: Baseball needs 'airtight drug policy'

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Jeff Kent knows what it's like to play with Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

While he refuses to speak directly about either player, Kent believes baseball has taken great strides in its battle against performance-enhancing drugs and hopes it continues, no matter who might be affected.

"The people who have a say are trying to clean the game up," Kent said Friday at the Los Angeles Dodgers' spring training facility. "I'm happy for it, I really am. It needs it. If they're going to run over a few players along the way, well, that's what's happening."

Bonds has testified before a grand jury and Clemens has spoken to a congressional committee about performance-enhancing drugs.

"I don't want to get involved in that mess," Kent said when asked about his former teammates. "For me to make comments won't help the process. It's going pretty good. It's getting there, absolutely. I just wish it would come to an end soon. In order for that to happen, we need an airtight drug policy. You can't just say better than anyone else. That's not an airtight policy.

"We need to say baseball players will get caught if they use performance-enhancing drugs," he said. "We're almost there. I'm proud of it. It's taken Congress to get there, unfortunately. It's taken [commissioner] Bud Selig to put his foot down, unfortunately. It's taken a few players to be thrown under the bus, unfortunately. I like the position we're in a heck of a lot better than I did a few years ago."

Kent and Bonds were teammates with the San Francisco Giants from 1997-2002, and the two once fought in the dugout for all to see. Kent and Clemens played together on the Houston Astros in 2004.

Bonds and Clemens will be remembered as among the best ever to play their respective positions. Bonds has hit a record 762 homers and Clemens has won 354 games.

Kent has hit a record 339 home runs as a second baseman. He turns 40 next week and isn't ready to look beyond this season.

"That will come at another time, another place," he said.