Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens sat some 20 feet apart, Pettitte on the witness stand and Clemens at the defense table trying to avoid going to jail. The topic: a conversation Pettitte recalled having with his longtime teammate, mentor and workout partner about a dozen years ago.
“Roger had mentioned to me that he had taken HGH,” Pettitte testified, referring to human growth hormone. “And that it could help with recovery, and that’s really all I remember about the conversation.”
It’s a conversation that Clemens has claimed that Pettitte “misremembers.”
The right-hander on trial who won 354 major-league games and the lefty on the stand with 240 wins had an awkward reunion Tuesday in Washington on Day 8 in the retrial of charges that Clemens lied when he told Congress in 2008 that he had never used steroids or human growth hormone.
Dodgers sale finalized
The $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers was finalized Tuesday, ending the tumultuous era under former owner Frank McCourt.
The Dodgers were sold to Guggenheim Baseball Management, a group that includes former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson.
Mark Walter, chief executive officer of the financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, will become the controlling owner, and the team will be run by former Atlanta Braves President Stan Kasten. They will hold a news conference today at Dodger Stadium.
Around the bases
Tampa Bay Rays prospect Tim Beckham, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft, was suspended for 50 games after a second violation of the minor-league drug program. … The Rays placed third baseman Evan Longoria on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn left hamstring that’s expected to sideline him four to eight weeks. … Nolan Reimold will miss the final two games of the Baltimore Orioles’ series against the Yankees because of a bulging disk in his back. … The St. Louis Cardinals activated utilityman Allen Craig from the 15-day DL. He has been rehabbing from right knee surgery with Triple-A Memphis. … The Philadelphia Phillies placed right-hander David Herndon on the 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation. The Phillies called up right-hander Brian Sanches from Triple A Lehigh Valley to replace Herndon in the bullpen.