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Knoblauch, Pettitte Are Not Needed At Hearing

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch and steroid dealer Kirk Radomski were dropped from the witness list for tomorrow's House committee hearing in Washington about Roger Clemens.

The decision left Clemens and his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, to testify at the hearing, along with a member of the staff that worked with former Senate majority leader George J. Mitchell to produce December's report on drugs in baseball.

McNamee said in the Mitchell report that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone at least 16 times in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Clemens's denials of those allegations drew the attention of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Pettitte gave a sworn deposition to committee lawyers last week, as did Clemens and McNamee. Knoblauch, who was a New York Yankees teammate of Clemens and Pettitte, was interviewed by committee staff earlier.

"Mr. Knoblauch and Mr. Pettitte answered all the Committee's questions and their testimony at the hearing is not needed," committee chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and ranking Republican Thomas M. Davis III (Va.) said in a statement. . . .

Former major league pitcher John Rocker claims he flunked a drug test ordered by Major League Baseball in 2000 and that he and other players, including Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro and Ivan Rodriguez, were advised by management and union doctors during spring training on how to effectively use steroids.

"[Commissioner] Bud Selig knew in the year 2000 John Rocker was taking the juice," Rocker said on Atlanta radio station 680. "Didn't do anything about it."

Rocker was suspended for the first 14 days of the 2000 season by Selig for making racial and ethnic remarks deemed insensitive. . . .

Right-hander Steve Trachsel, 37, agreed to a minor league contract with Baltimore. Trachsel began last season with the Orioles and went 6-8 with a 4.48 ERA in 25 starts before he was traded to the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 31. . . .

Third baseman Garrett Atkins and Colorado agreed to a one-year contract worth $4,387,500.

¿ PRO FOOTBALL: North Carolina defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano resigned to become an assistant coach with the Baltimore Ravens.

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