Clemens says he's eager for perjury trial to start

HUMBLE, Texas — Roger Clemens says he's eager to defend himself in federal court this summer.

The seven-time Cy Young winner says prosecutors have damaged the reputations of others as they've tried to prove that he lied to a congressional committee about alleged steroid use.

Clemens was serving as a caddie for PGA Tour player Ryan Palmer on Wednesday morning in the pro-am event leading up to this weekend's Houston Open.

Clemens faces a trial in July on allegations that he lied to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in February 2008. Prosecutors say Clemens was not telling the truth when he testified that he did not use steroids or human growth hormone during his 23-season career.

"You almost hate to say you're looking forward to it, but we're looking forward to it," Clemens said. "We're going to have our say in a fair setting. I've been great about not talking about it, and we're going to handle it the right way."

Two weeks ago, the committee and the law firm that investigated drugs in baseball filed motions in court to stall subpoenas filed by Clemens' legal team to obtain evidence collected against him, a move that could delay the trial.

"You've got to deal with it," Clemens said, "and that's the way I look at it, we're going to deal with it."

Clemens says he's not following Barry Bonds' perjury trial, and says it's irrelevant to his trial.

"Totally different," Clemens said.

Before the steroids allegations arose, Clemens was certain for Hall of Fame induction. He won 354 games and finished with 4,672 strikeouts, third behind Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Randy Johnson (4,875).

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