June 6, 2012
MLB notes: Who shot what into Clemens' butt?
By QMI Agency
A former teammate testified Tuesday he once saw Roger Clemens being injected with a vitamin, as the ex-pitcher's defence sought to undermine prosecution claims he instead received performance-enhancing drugs.
Clemens, 49, is on trial on charges of lying in 2008 to a government committee when he denied having used steroids. The committee was investigating drug use in baseball.
Former trainer Brian McNamee has said he personally injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone.
Mike Boddicker, who played with Clemens on the Boston Red Sox, said that he walked in on Clemens getting a shot of vitamin B-12 in the buttocks from a trainer, in either 1989 or 1990.
BOSOX SHIP OUT BARD
Daniel Bard, who was knocked around Sunday by the Toronto Blues, was demoted to triple-A Tuesday by the Boston Red Sox.
The right-hander, who turns 27 on June 25, allowed five runs and issued six walks in 1 2/3 innings against the Jays. Overall, he had a 5-6 record and 5.24 earned-run average in 11 appearances this season.
The Red Sox recalled outfielder Darnell McDonald from triple-A Pawtucket.
HAMILTON TOPS VOTE
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is leading all players in voting for the all-star game.
Hamilton had 2,587,991 votes according to numbers released Tuesday.
Los Angeles Dodgers centre fielder Matt Kemp, who went on the disabled list last week, had 1,952,910 votes to lead all NL players.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was second to Hamilton in AL voting with 1,698,777, while Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was second in NL voting at 1,314,516.
The game will be played July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano will defend his title in the home run derby as the AL captain, while Kemp will be the NL captain.
The derby is set for July 9.
Cano and Kemp each will select three other participants for his team.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda has been hospitalized after suffering a mild heart attack, the team confirmed Tuesday.
Lasorda was representing the Dodgers at the draft Monday in New York when he became ill and was taken to a hospital. He had a stent inserted to relieve an artery blockage and was expected to be released Wednesday.
The 84-year-old has been a club official since retiring as manager midway through the 1996 season, when he also suffered a heart attack.
Hal Keller, a former Seattle Mariners general manager who introduced the radar gun to the major leagues, has died. He was 84. Keller spent much of his career as a scout and during the early 1970s was first to use the radar gun, which measures the speed of pitches ... The Tampa Bay Rays activated left fielder Desmond Jennings from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and optioned outfielder Rich Thompson to triple-A Durham. Jennings, sidelined since May 11 with a sprained left knee, hit .265 with three homers and 11 RBI in 31 games earlier this season ... The Kansas City Royals have recalled pitcher Ryan Verdugo from triple-A Omaha and optioned pitcher Will Smith to Omaha ... The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled outfielder Alex Presley from triple-A Indianapolis. The outfielder hit .220 with two homers and seven RBI in 34 games earlier in the season for the Pirates. Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez was optioned to Indianapolis ... The Baltimore Orioles have signed veteran outfielder Nate McLouth to a minor-league contract. McLouth was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates last week.