- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 11, 2009

From combined dispatches

Federal authorities have found performance-enhancing substances on the materials Brian McNamee said he used to inject Roger Clemens, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

McNamee turned over the syringes, vials and gauze pads to federal investigators last year, after he told baseball investigator George Mitchell he injected the pitcher with steroids and human growth hormone. The Washington Post reported Feb. 6 that tests linked Clemens’ DNA to blood in the syringes given to investigators by McNamee.

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Clemens has said repeatedly that McNamee, his former personal trainer, injected him with B-12 and the painkiller lidocaine.

“I assumed, and I am not surprised, that the tests were positive for both DNA and for performance-enhancing drugs because that’s what Brian said all along and there’s not much doubt that Brian’s been telling the truth,” McNamee’s lawyer, Richard Emery, told the Associated Press. “The confirmation of that fact once again just seems to me to be another significant step towards jail for Clemens.”

ORIOLES: Pitcher Koji Uehara was expected to miss his next scheduled start after straining his left hamstring during Monday’s game against the New York Mets.

Uehara, the first Japanese pitcher signed by the Orioles, apparently got hurt while covering first base. He was scheduled to go four innings but came out after two.

“He probably will be backed up from the next time he pitches by two or three days,” manager Dave Trembley said Tuesday. “I think instead of him pitching on five days’ rest, it probably will be seven.”

The injury is not believed to be serious.

RED SOX: Mike Lowell returned to the lineup for the first time since hip surgery, getting three at-bats during Boston’s 5-1 loss to Baltimore.

The 2007 World Series MVP had surgery Oct. 20 to repair a torn labrum in his right hip, the same injury that sidelined New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez this spring. Rodriguez underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday and will need another, more aggressive operation after the season.

Lowell was the designated hitter and finished 1-for-3 with a single to left in his final trip to the plate. He is slated to play at third base Friday against the Yankees.

“It’s nice to see him get a hit because it was a good swing,” Boston manager Terry Francona said. “But it’s nice to see him in the game. We only were planning on giving him two at-bats.”

YANKEES: General manager Brian Cashman thinks he’s unlikely to acquire a fill-in third baseman to replace Alex Rodriguez.

“I’m not optimistic about doing anything,” Cashman said before the Yankees played Cincinnati in Tampa, Fla. “I’m not going to be proactive in trying to do something. If something represents itself that makes sense, then maybe it will be different. I think our answer is here in camp.”

Rodriguez had arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his right hip, and doctors said they found nothing that would keep him from returning to the lineup in May.

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