Congressional meetings already are being planned. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will ask Selig, Mitchell and Fehr to testify Tuesday. A subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee also will invite MLB officials as well as Mitchell to a hearing on Jan. 23.

Fehr said he was aware of the statements, and "we have always cooperated with congressional requests to appear." Fehr and Selig were part of the March 17, 2005, congressional hearing that pushed both sides toward a stronger policy.

It was McNamee, the former Yankees employee, who detailed Clemens' performance-enhancing drug use, stating he injected Clemens with steroids at various times. The report also quoted McNamee as saying he also had injected Pettitte and former Yankees second baseman Chuck Knoblauch.

Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, issued the following statement: "Roger has been repeatedly tested for these substances, and he has never tested positive. There has never been one shred of tangible evidence that he ever used these substances, and yet he is being slandered today."

Pettitte's agent, Randy Hendricks, said he advised his client, as an active major leaguer, not to make public comment until he has spoken with the union and other advisers.

Whether any of the players will face punishment from the league is undetermined. Despite Mitchell's assertion that they shouldn't, Selig said each would be reviewed on a "case-by-case basis."

If disciplined, Fehr said, his members would be given the choice to file an appeal.

Among the DLA Piper lawyers that helped Mitchell investigate and compile the report were Baltimore attorney Charles Scheeler and New York attorney John Clarke, a 1983 Gilman School graduate.
The Mitchell Report

The 409-page report released yesterday on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball links 86 players with the substances, including 19 current or former Orioles and a pitcher considered among the game's all-time best.

The report, prepared by former Sen. George J. Mitchell of Maine, details some steroid use through first-person accounts - from players, a personal trainer or a club employee - of players injecting the drugs or paying for them. The report includes copies of personal checks written by players, allegedly to purchase the drugs.

The section on pitching legend Roger Clemens runs nine pages.

Current Orioles and are named in the report as well as former Orioles Larry Bigbie, Jerry Hairston Jr., Gary Matthews Jr., Rafael Palmeiro and . Other prominent players include Barry Bonds, Lenny Dykstra, Eric Gagne, Jason Giambi, Troy Glaus, David Justice, Andy Pettitte, Gary Sheffield and Mo Vaughn.

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