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Clemens pleads not guilty, and other mid-afternoon news

August 30, 2010 - 03:25 PM
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Clemens leaving court this afternoon. (Photo: TBD Staff)

This is Roger Clemens leaving the federal courthouse in Washington D.C. about one hour ago. He's just pleaded not guilty to three counts of making false statements, two counts of perjury, and one count of obstruction of Congress for statements made in this testimony to Congress back in February 2008.

At the root of all this is Clemens's alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, which he has always denied and has also resulted in his being named in the Mitchell Report, filing a defamation suit against former trainer Brian McNamee (dismissed), the aforementioned Congressional testimony, and now this case.

Clemens left the courthouse through a side annex, and made no statement.

El Duque leaves Harrisburg. I'll resist the easy joke for Daniel Victor's sake and just give the news: Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez has apparently left the Washington Nationals' AA club in Harrisburg after not being given an opportunity with the big-league club. Orlando's half-brother, Livan Hernandez, just signed a one-year extension with the Nats yesterday. El Duque has not pitched in the majors since 2007. Hat tip to Mark Zuckerman.

UPDATE-5:30 P.M. Mike Rizzo has confirmed to Zuckerman that Hernandez left the club after being informed that he would not receive a September call-up. Rizzo also told Adam Kilgore that Stephen Strasburg is likely to have Tommy John surgery "sometime this week."

And now, your Yi Jianlian at the World Championships Update: Wizards star Yi Jianlian has put up good numbers for his China side at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. He recorded 26 points and 14 boards against a good Greece team in a 89-81 loss Saturday. Then on Sunday, Yi notched 26 points and nine rebounds against the Ivory Coast on Sunday. Video highlights of that one are here. China are next in action tomorrow against Puerto Rico at 11:30 a.m.

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