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Attorney General Recuses Himself in Clemens Probe

Associated Press
Thursday, March 12, 2009

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has recused himself from any role in deciding whether to charge Roger Clemens with lying to Congress about steroids.

A federal grand jury in Washington is investigating whether the pitcher lied when he told a congressional committee a year ago that he didn't use illegal performance-enhancing substances.

Clemens's former trainer, Brian McNamee, testified before the same committee and said he repeatedly injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone, known as HGH.

McNamee said he injected Clemens with drugs at the Yankee Stadium hot tub and that among the needles he gave government investigators was one he used to inject the pitcher in 2001, according to the Web site sportsimproper.com.

Holder "has always been recused" from the Clemens investigation, Justice Department spokesman Matt Miller said yesterday. Before becoming attorney general, Holder worked at the firm Covington and Burling LLC, which had Clemens as a client.

-- INVESTIGATION: Major League Baseball is investigating more than 40 cases involving Dominican Republic prospects suspected of lying about their age upon signing professional contracts, according to the league's vice president of international affairs.

Lou Melendez said the request came from the U.S. consulate in the Dominican Republic as a result of a new State Department policy.

"They have asked us to investigate, and we have detected around 42 cases of possible irregularities related to the real age of these young men," Melendez said.

-- YANKEES: Alex Rodriguez is pleased with his recovery from arthroscopic hip surgery.

"He left me a message," New York Manager Joe Girardi said. "He sounded good. Said: 'I'm doing well.' Good to hear from him."


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