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Baseball notebook: McNamee testifies

Roger Clemens’ former trainer Brian McNamee testified in federal court against Clemens before a grand jury. (Associated Press)
Roger Clemens’ former trainer Brian McNamee testified in federal court against Clemens before a grand jury. (Associated Press)

The star witness in a possible perjury case against Roger Clemens testified before a federal grand jury Tuesday, a sign that the panel could be nearing a decision on whether to indict the seven-time Cy Young Award winner for allegedly lying to Congress.

Brian McNamee, Clemens’ former personal trainer, spent over two hours inside the courthouse where the grand jury meets. Wearing a dark suit, a bright blue tie and accompanied by two lawyers, McNamee gave a quick wave to reporters as he left the meeting rooms but did not speak.

“No comment,” said one of his lawyers, Richard Emery. “Everything is fine.”

The grand jury has been hearing from witnesses for at least 16 months as it tries to decide whether a case can be made that Clemens lied under oath in 2008 when he told a Congressional committee that he had never taken steroids or human growth hormone.

Mets’ tiff resolved

The New York Mets acknowledged that closer Francisco Rodriguez and bullpen coach Randy Niemann had an argument during a game last weekend, but New York manager Jerry Manuel said the matter was resolved.

Vomiting fan guilty

A 21-year-old New Jersey man pleaded guilty to vomiting on another spectator and his 11-year-old daughter in the stands during a Philadelphia Phillies game.

Matthew Clemmens, of Cherry Hill, N.J., pleaded guilty to one count each of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment for his conduct during an April 14 game at Citizens Bank Park.

Clearing the bases

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal was activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing 24 games because of a strained left hamstring. … The Boston Red Sox activated outfielder Mike Cameron from the 15-day DL and he was in the starting lineup against Tampa Bay. … Former first-round pick Neil Walker is getting a second chance to play in the majors as the Pittsburgh Pirates called up Walker from Triple-A Indianapolis. … Baltimore placed right-handed relief pitchers Koji Uehara and Alfredo Simon on the 15-day DL, leaving the bullpen without a clear-cut closer. … Chicago White Sox shortstop Omar Vizquel said he will probably retire following this season.

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