February 13th, 2008
10:42 AM ET

Roger Clemens faces down his trainer, and Congress

Roger Clemens is no stranger to showdowns. Every time he steps on the pitcher's mound, it's a showdown against the batter.


Former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens on Capitol Hill in Washington

But today, Clemens is in a vastly different, incredibly risky showdown. He will sit near the man who says he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormones, and Clemens will declare under oath that it's all a lie.

His former trainer, Brian McNamee, will testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that he injected Clemens 16 times in 1998, 2000, and 2001 with steroids and Human Growth Hormone, or HGH.

At least one of these men must be an out-and-out liar, will likely perjure himself, and could end up in prison because of it.

Clemens was mentioned 82 times in former Senator George Mitchell's steroid report that came out of a two year investigation. If he is to come out on top, he will have to convince Congressmen that not only is his former trainer a liar, but that Senator Mitchell was gullible and sloppy in his report.

Clemens will also likely be contradicting testimony from former teammate and good friend Andy Pettitte, who has acknowledged being injected by McNamee.

Clemens faces an uphill battle, one that can't be won with a great fastball.

– Gary Tuchman, 360° Correspondent

Filed under: Baseball • Gary Tuchman • Steriods
February 13th, 2008
07:13 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Good Morning Folks!!! Another sweep for Obama and McCain in the Potomac primaries last night...Obama is now the Democratic front-runner. Can he be stopped? Is the Clinton base shifting? Will Huckabee continue to hang on? And it is early but folks are starting to talk about V.P candidates for John McCain...Never a dull moment on the campaign trail...

Look for the steroid showdown today on Capital Hill...Roger Clemens and his accuser trainer Brian McNamee square off and our Gary Tuchman will be ring side for all the action...AND check out Crime & Punishment today there is strange tale about a 100 year old serial killer case...PLUS for the first time a beagle was crowned champion of the Westminster Dog show and his name is UNO..well, UNO is numeral UNO today... Sooo grab your coffee and lets get started....

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