Brian McNamee told federal investigators that Roger Clemens' nonprofit organization paid him for his training services, including providing the seven-time Cy Young Award winner with performance-enhancing drugs, the New York Times reported on its website Sunday night.
McNamee told authorities investigating Clemens for perjury that the payments were made from the Roger Clemens Foundation from 1998-2001, according to several people briefed on the investigation, the Times reported. McNamee, who claims he routinely injected Clemens with steroids during that time, said he was also paid in cash and personal checks.
Clemens’ lawyer, Rusty Hardin, disputed McNamee’s claims, telling the newspaper the former trainer had again lied to federal authorities.
“Obviously, Roger never paid him for any drugs anytime and he never paid him out of the foundation for his training services at any time,” Hardin said. “The foundation’s records will show that.”
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McNamee reportedly tried to find documents to support his accusations about the payments but couldn’t produce them.
BEST UMPIRE: JOYCE
Jim Joyce was voted the best umpire in Major League Baseball in a poll of 100 players conducted by ESPN the Magazine.
Joyce made national headlines when he missed a call at first base that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game on June 2. After seeing a replay, the 22-year veteran acknowledged he blew the call and apologized to Galarraga.
ESPN said 50 active players from each league were asked confidentially within the past week to select the three best umpires in baseball. Joyce was named on 53 percent of the surveys, topping Tim McClelland (34 percent).
CB Bucknor was voted the game’s worst ump.
Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson left a win over Pittsburgh after a half-inning because of back spasms. He is listed as day-to-day. ... Reds right-hander Edinson Volquez is scheduled to make his second rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery. Volquez will start for Class A Lynchburg on Thursday. ... Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was scratched from Cincinnati’s starting lineup against the Royals because of a cramp in his right hamstring. ... The Yankees placed outfielder Marcus Thames on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring and recalled outfielder Chad Huffman from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he was encouraged by test results from injured right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka’s visit with a team doctor. Matsuzaka was scratched just before the first pitch of his scheduled start Saturday against Philadelphia and later placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained forearm.