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Clemens delivers subpoena to House

Associated Press / February 12, 2011

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Roger Clemens issued a subpoena to the House committee in Washington that he’s accused of lying to about using performance-enhancing drugs during his pitching career.

Clemens wants all interview summaries, notes, and memoranda related to the hearing on steroid use in Major League Baseball held three years ago by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, according to a copy of the subpoena dated Thursday and provided to reporters yesterday by the committee.

The subpoena covers communications between the committee and 20 people, including retired baseball players Jose Canseco, Chuck Knoblauch, C.J. Nitkowski, and Andy Pettitte. The list also includes Clemens’s former personal trainer Brian McNamee, who told investigators he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs, and staff from all four teams Clemens played for — the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees, and Astros.

Clemens told the committee that he never used steroids or human growth hormone during his 23-season career that ended with 354 wins, 4,672 strikeouts and seven Cy Young awards. He is facing perjury, false statement, and obstruction of Congress charges in federal court.

US District Judge Reggie Walton authorized Clemens to issue the subpoena at a hearing in December after Clemens attorney Rusty Hardin said the committee was refusing to turn over evidence for the criminal case.

Hardin also got Walton’s approval to subpoena records of baseball’s investigating commission headed by George Mitchell, which in 2007 accused Clemens of using performance-enhancing drugs in a report to the baseball commissioner.

Bonds enters plea again

Barry Bonds’s perjury trial in San Francisco is approaching and the lawyers and judge are still scrambling to set limits and rules for the month-long proceedings scheduled to start March 21. US District Judge Susan Illston ordered Bonds to enter a plea for the third time since he was initially charged in 2007 with lying to a grand jury about his steroids use. The new plea was needed because prosecutors the day before filed a revised indictment, cutting the number of charges Bonds faces from 11 to five.

Bonds is expected to plead not guilty when he is arraigned March 1, the same day the judge ordered the slugger’s former trainer to appear in court. Illston wants Greg Anderson to reiterate in front of her and under oath his refusal to testify against Bonds during the trial. Illston plans to jail Anderson on contempt of court charges for the duration of the trial if he follows through on his pledge. Anderson’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said Anderson won’t testify.

Tanner dead at age 82 Chuck Tanner, 82, the upbeat manager who led the “We Are Family’’ Pirates in 1979 to one of the greatest comebacks in World Series history, died at his home in New Castle, Pa., after a long illness.

Renowned for his never-wavering confidence and an inherent belief that no deficit was too large to overcome, Tanner managed the White Sox, Athletics, Pirates, and Braves to a record of 1,352-1,381 from 1970-88. Tanner’s faith was tested in the 1979 Series when Pittsburgh fell behind favored Baltimore in games, 3-1, before rallying.

Guthrie, Orioles agree to deal Righthander Jeremy Guthrie and the Orioles agreed to a $5.75 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Guthrie, 31, led the Orioles in wins, and was 11-14 with a 3.83 ERA in a team-high 32 starts last year, when he made $3 million . . . First baseman James Loney and the Dodgers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $4,875,000 . . . The Yankees finalized minor league contracts with pitchers Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, and Luis Ayala. New York also said it had completed minor league deals with veteran infielders Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard. . . The Rays outrighted outfielder Justin Ruggiano and first baseman-outfielder Leslie Anderson to Triple-A Durham. Ruggiano and Anderson were designated for assignment this week and cleared waivers. Tampa Bay made the moves to open roster spots for free agent acquisitions Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez . . . Indians minor league lefthander Jeremy Sowers had surgery in Cleveland to repair a tear in his rotator cuff . . . David Wilder pleaded guilty in Chicago to one count of mail fraud. The former White Sox scouting executive was indicted in an alleged kickback scheme targeting players from impoverished parts of Latin America hungry to play in the US . . . Prosecutors in Los Angeles scheduled a meeting for early March with Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley after his felony arrest on a domestic violence allegation last month.

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