September 23, 2009 in Sports

Baseball notebook: Clemens case still not over

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Roger Clemens filed an appeal to continue his defamation suit against his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee.File,
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By the numbers

24: Major league-leading home run total for the Cubs’ Derrek Lee since July 1.

206: Strikeout total for Arizona slugger Mark Reynolds, breaking his single-season record.

0.26: ERA for Kansas City’s Zach Greinke in his last five starts.

Roger Clemens filed a notice Friday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the decisions of U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison, who threw out most of Clemens’ case in February and dismissed the remainder of the suit Aug. 28.

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner sued his former personal trainer in Texas state court in January 2008, a month after McNamee’s accusations against the pitcher were published in the Mitchell Report. The suit was moved a month later to federal court in Houston.

Cardinals void contract for prospect

The St. Louis Cardinals voided the contract of Wagner Mateo, a 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic after he failed a physical.

Mateo signed a deal with the Cardinals on July 2 that included a $3.1 million signing bonus. But the contract was contingent on Mateo’s physical exam.

Clearing the bases

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday before New York’s game against Boston. As a U.S. District Judge in 1995, Sotomayor issued an injunction that led baseball players to end their strike after 71/2 months. … MLB is opening a development center in China. The center for children of middle school and high school age opens today at Dongbeitang High School in Wuxi, which is in Jiangsu province west of Shanghai. The center will provide baseball training and English lessons. The center, limited to boys, can accommodate more than 100 players. … Curt Schilling won’t run for Edward M. Kennedy’s seat in the U.S. Senate. The former Boston Red Sox pitcher made the announcement on “Joe Buck Live” on HBO.

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