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There is probably no doubt anywhere that Roger Clemens used steroids. As he continues his legal wrangling with his former trainer, Brian McNamee, the Yankees want none of it. However, McNamee has plans to include the Yankees.

According to a story by Nathaniel Vinton in the Daily News, in a brief filed on Friday, McNamee has named a handful of current Yankees as potential witnesses in Clemens’ defamation suit against McNamee.

The Yankees have never relished the destructive defamation suit former pinstripe hero Roger Clemens brought two years ago against his accuser, former Yankee trainer Brian McNamee, but bigger headaches for the club may yet lie ahead according to a new appeals-court brief issued by McNamee’s defense attorneys.

A footnote deep in the 60-page brief lists current Yankee stars Andy Pettitte,Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter as witnesses McNamee might call to the stand for sworn testimony about Clemens’ purported use of steroids and human growth hormone. Also listed among potential witnesses for McNamee is Angela Moyer, an alleged mistress of Clemens who tended bar near the Upper East Side apartment where McNamee said he visited Clemens after Yankee games to inject the pitcher with steroids and human growth hormone (Clemens has testified he thought the syringes contained vitamin B12).

The brief, which McNamee’s attorneys sent Friday to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, portrays Clemens’ defamation suit as nearly dead in the water. It comes in response to Clemens’ appeal of a lower court’s ruling last year that eviscerated the suit, which Clemens first brought against McNamee on Jan. 6, 2008, three weeks after a report by former Senator George Mitchell first publicized McNamee’s accusations. Mitchell was also listed as a potential witness. He and the others could also be summoned to testify as part of a defamation countersuit that McNamee himself brought against Clemens last year in a federal court in Brooklyn — and will likely pursue, at least in order to recover his monumental legal fees.

Right now only the legal system could prevent from having the Yankee players testify. If the courts are convinced with the brief, then this won’t happen.

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Sorry for the lack of posts the last couple of days from me (Trevor did blog yesterday). I have a new roommate and I had to spend the entire weekend cleaning out my third bedroom/office to accommodate my new roomie.

The Yankees won again yesterday, in their third straight walk-off victory over the Twins. I’m starting to suspect the Ghosts of Yankee past have arrived, and so have Mystique and Aura. I don’t want to jinx anything, so I’ll leave it at that.

I don’t have time this morning to write up a summary of yesterday’s game, but I’ll lead you to Greg Cohen’s write-up on Sliding Into Home. Greg’s one of the better bloggers and analysts out there in the blogosphere.

Here’s the news of the day.

Pete Abraham is on furlough this week. No blogging, writing, etc. for him. I already went through my own furlough at work (I work for the State of Maryland) and I lost 4 days of work (rather than see other State employees lose their jobs).

David Wells, on the 11th anniversary of his perfect game, rips Clemens and A-Rod and other players who have been caught using steroids. Here’s one snippet of what Wells said:

“(Alex Rodriguez) admitted to it, so I mean the home runs he hit off me in Texas, should those count? I dunno. . . . They say everyone’s doing it, let ’em do it. But if they elect to do it, they are not entitled to go to the Hall of Fame if they got Hall of Fame numbers, or just ban them right out the get-go.”

Chien-Ming Wang and Brian Bruney look ready to join the Yankees soon…

Yesterday Andy Sonnanstine of the Tampa Bay Rays became the first AL pitcher to hit a RBI in an AL vs. AL game since 1972 because of a lineup error…that’s a cool fact. But also dumb…how could the manager overlook two 3B and no DH?

Former Yankee Pudge Rodriguez hit his 300th homer yesterday against the Cubs. Congrats, Pudge.

Andy Pettitte takes the mound tonight in a nationally televised game on ESPN, the final of a 4-game series against the Twins. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

According to reports from ESPN.com, Brian McNamee shared with investigators that he shot up Roger Clemens in Yankee Stadium, more specifically in the hot tub/jacuzzi.

McNamee also injected Clemens in his apartment. Here’s what happened…

“The place was his high-rise apartment, which is located off the corner of 90th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan. …

“That day, he laid out the drugs, dropped his trousers and I did as he asked, that is, inject him with steroids. Afterwards, he told me to get rid of the needle. I went into the kitchen and found an empty Miller Lite can in a wastebasket under the sink. I put the used needle into the can because it was actually hazardous material at that point and I didn’t want anyone to get hurt by sticking themselves. He told me to throw it away but I kept it instead.”

Roger Clemens used performance enhancing drugs.  Possibly.  SI.com is reporting that evidence provided by former Clemens trainer Brian McNamee has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. The evidence includes syringes, vials and gauze pads.

This news comes on the heels of a report from last month confirming Clemen’s DNA was present on the evidence.

A federal grand jury is investigating if Clemens lied under oath to congress last year when he denied using performance enhancing drugs.  The grand jury has been investigating the issue for several weeks now.  If the grand jury returns an indictment, Clemens will then face a trial on at least perjury charges.

Roger, Roger, Roger….[sigh]

Alex Belth of Bronx Banter sat down to interview Tom Verducci on Joe Torre’s book on SI.com.

It’s 3 webpages worth of dialogue between the two men, and there are some points I think you all should look at.

  • Torre cites David Cone as the real leader of the clubhouse before Jeter was appointed captain. Cone was so instrumental in keeping the team together, Torre says.
  • Torre also explains some of his mistakes, including the 2001 World Series, game 7.
  • Losing Clemens, Pettitte and Wells was a big blow to the Yankees after 2003, according to Torre. They went to an all-righty rotation and had weak bats with a poor farm system.
  • This book touches up a lot on Damon’s 2006 season where he seriously thought about retiring.
  • How Jeter was so banged up in the 2001 World Series that he still, to today, won’t admit he was playing hurt. Verducci calls Jeter “fiercely, eternally unyielding.”
  • The transformation of Alex Rodriguez from 2004 to today where he no longer worries about trying to please everyone (and in essence, be like Jeter).

The interview is worth 10 minutes of your time. Read it! Then read the book on Tuesday!

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