The star witness in a possible perjury case against Roger Clemens testified before a federal grand jury in Washington yesterday, a sign that the panel could be nearing a decision on whether to indict the seven-time Cy Young Award winner for allegedly lying to Congress.
Brian McNamee, Clemens' former personal trainer, spent more than 2 1/2 hours inside the courthouse where the grand jury meets. McNamee gave a quick wave to reporters as he left the meeting rooms, but did not speak.
The grand jury has been hearing from witnesses for at least 16 months as it tries to decide whether a case can be made that Clemens lied under oath in 2008 when he told a congressional committee he never took steroids or human growth hormone.
McNamee claimed in the 2007 Mitchell Report that he injected the 354-game winner with steroids and human growth hormone at least 16 times in 1998, while Clemens was with Toronto, and 2000 and 2001, when he was with the Yankees. Clemens denied the allegations.
* A $250,000 insurance settlement was approved in a wrongful death lawsuit involving former major leaguer Jim Leyritz, who was charged in a drunken driving manslaughter crash in Florida in December 2007 that killed a women. A DUI manslaughter trial is scheduled to start later this year for Leyritz.
* The Angels put third baseman Brandon Wood on the 15-day disabled list with a hip injury and activated infielder Maicer Izturis (shoulder).
In games last night:
* At Minneapolis, the first rain delay in Target Field history resulted in a suspended game between the Twins and New York Yankees with the teams scoreless after five innings. The game will resume in the sixth today.
* At Kansas City, Vladimir Guerrero hit two two-run homers as Texas edged the Royals, 8-7.
* At St. Petersburg, Fla., David Ortiz had a two-run double to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over Tampa Bay.
* At Baltimore, Ty Wigginton and Adam Jones delivered successive sacrifice flies in the sixth, and the Orioles beat Oakland, 5-1.
* At Cleveland, rookie Mitch Talbot (6-3) allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings starts and the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox, 7-3.
* At Seattle, Milton Bradley homered and then drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with a single off Justin Verlander (5-3) to help the Mariners rally past the Detroit Tigers, 5-3.
* At Anaheim, Ervin Santana (4-3) pitched a four-hitter for his second complete game against Toronto this season and Mike Napoli homered to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 8-3 win.