McNamee's proof?

The Baltimore Sun

Brian McNamee's lawyers said yesterday that they gave federal prosecutors physical evidence backing the personal trainer's allegation that Roger Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs.

"I think this is a significant point in the case. We believe that this is significant corroboration," said McNamee's lead lawyer, Earl Ward.

McNamee's side turned over syringes with Clemens' blood to Internal Revenue Service Special Agent Jeff Novitzky in early January, a person familiar with the evidence said, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The syringes were used to inject Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone, the person said. A second person, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said the evidence was from 2000 and 2001.

Lanny Breuer, one of Clemens' lawyers, said McNamee "apparently has manufactured evidence" and called all the allegations "desperate smears."

"It is just not credible," Breuer said in a statement. "Who in their right mind does such a thing?"

In December's Mitchell Report on doping in baseball, McNamee said he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, gave a five-hour sworn deposition Tuesday to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and said afterward that he again denied using performance-enhancing drugs. McNamee is to give a deposition to the same committee today ahead of a public hearing Wednesday.

By denying under oath that he used performance-enhancing drugs, Clemens put himself at legal risk if prosecutors determine his testimony wasn't truthful.

Keith Ausbrook, the committee's Republican general counsel, told the AP that the committee was not aware such physical evidence existed.

Rangers -- Former Texas pitcher Nolan Ryan was hired as team president. In recent years, Ryan has been a consultant for the Astros, another of his former teams, and part owner of two Astros minor league clubs in Texas. Ryan threw an unmatched seven no-hitters and won 324 games in a record 27 seasons. The Rangers have finished no better than third in the American League West since 2000.

Visas -- The U.S. government could review visa applications of baseball players suspected of doping, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic said. Players who are not U.S. citizens need work visas before they can arrive for spring training. Officials would not disclose the names of any players whose visas are under review, saying only that at least four minor leaguers are currently going through the review process.

Giants -- Reliever Vinnie Chulk and San Francisco agreed to a one-year, $837,500 contract, avoiding salary arbitration. Chulk went 5-4 with a 3.57 ERA in 57 appearances for the Giants last season.

Rays -- Reliever Trever Miller agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with Tampa Bay. Miller went 0-0 with a 4.86 ERA in 46 1/3 innings.

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