Pettitte to testify in trial of Clemens

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in the Roger Clemens perjury trial plan to have pitcher Andy Pettitte testify about his own use of human growth hormone.

Prosecutors spelled out plans for Pettitte in court papers Friday outlining evidence the government intends to introduce that shows many major league baseball players used performance enhancing drugs.

The government says Pettitte, who recently emerged from retirement to sign a New York Yankee minor league contract, will testify about using human growth hormone with the assistance of Brian McNamee, Clemens' longtime trainer and chief accuser.

The prosecutors also plan to cite former Sen. George Mitchell's investigation that found illegal use of performance enhancing substances by more than 80 major league players. Clemens denies lying when he told Congress he didn't use them.

Jury selection begins April 16.


Joe Torre's bid as part of a group interested in buying the Dodgers fell short. But the former Yankees and Mets manager was able to get his old job back with Major League Baseball.

Torre was rehired as MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations, commissioner Bud Selig announced Friday.

Torre, 71, resigned Jan. 4 after less than a year on the job. Selig did not hire a permanent replacement while Torre's group tried, and failed, to buy the Dodgers.

Torre's duties include overseeing the umpires and on-field discipline, plus being a public voice for the commissioner's office.


The number of bidders for the Los Angeles Dodgers is reportedly down to three.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the three finalists include a group led by Magic Johnson and veteran baseball executive Stan Kasten; St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke; and a group led by hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen and Los Angeles billionaire and philanthropist Patrick Soon-Shiong.


Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria is set to undergo his second Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2012 season.

Soria was taken out of the Royals' spring training game against the Cleveland Indians Sunday after feeling discomfort in his right elbow.

An MRI revealed Soria suffered damage to the ulnar collateral ligament. After seeking the advice of three doctors, the 27-year-old Mexican hurler opted for the reconstructive elbow surgery, which will be performed April 3 in Los Angeles

Soria underwent the same procedure in 2003 while playing in the Dodgers organization.

Red Sox

Authorities say Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks has been arrested on charges of driving under the influence.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office says a deputy saw Jenks' SUV driving erratically early Friday in Fort Myers. Jenks has been released on bail.

An arrest report says Jenks told the deputy he had taken "too many muscle relaxers." The deputy said Jenks was shaking uncontrollably and had a difficult time speaking.

The report says Jenks also told the deputy he hit another car at a strip club. The deputy found a small amount of damage on his bumper.

The sheriff's office says the club's bouncer saw Jenks drive into a pickup truck in the parking lot before driving off. Jenks faces DUI charges and a hit-and-run charge.

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