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  • Segui throws 'darts' at Clemens perjury defense May 24, 2012 11:15 PM
    David Segui remembered "darts" but not dates. The former major leaguer testified for the prosecution Thursday in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, and he would have made a much better witness if he kept a better mental calendar. As it was, Segui was able to recall one specific moment that helped the government's case: a telephone conversation he says he had with Clemens' strength coach 11 years ago. "He mentioned that he had kept darts to get his wife off his back," Segui said. With those words, Segui echoed the testimony of the six-week-old trial's key witness. Brian McNamee told the jury last week that he saved a needle and other materials from an alleged steroids injection of Clemens in 2001. McNamee testified he was trying to allay his wife's fears he would take all the blame if the drug use was discovered. "He mentioned that the relationship between Brian and Roger had put stress on his married life. ... Coming and going ... leaving at the drop of a hat to go train," said Segui, recalling other parts of the conversation. Segui, who has acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs during his 15-year baseball career with seven teams, wasn't allowed to say that "darts" means "needles." The judge ruled that the jurors will have to make that assumption themselves — unless McNamee were to return to the stand to explain. Segui, who became friends with McNamee when they met in Toronto during the 1999 season, also wasn't allowed to relate a second, similar "darts" conversation because he couldn't remember when it happened. He was certain it occurred before the publication of the 2007 Mitchell Report on drug use in sports, but that wasn't good enough for U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton. "You are to disregard the question," the judge told the jurors, who had been ushered from the courtroom as the lawyers debated the matter. "I'm not good with dates. I don't log my life," said Segui, who also couldn't remember at what point during the '99 season he was traded from Seattle to Toronto. Clemens is charged with lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied using steroids and human growth hormone. McNamee says he injected Clemens with both substances and saved some of the waste from the 2001 injection in a beer can. Clemens' lawyers have implied that McNamee conjured up the evidence after becoming the subject of federal and Mitchell Report investigators in 2007. Segui's testimony was allowed by the judge because it appears to contradict that argument, a significant victory for the prosecution. Another witness, former McNamee workout client Anthony Corso, is expected to give similar testimony Friday as the government wraps up its case. Segui, whom the government portrayed as a reluctant witness, said under cross-examination that McNamee didn't attach a specific name to the "darts," but that he knew McNamee was training Clemens at the time. "All I know is what I was told over the phone," said Segui, raising his hands as if to pantomime pushing away. "I didn't see it, didn't ask to see it." The jurors wanted to know more, especially about the second conversation that Segui wasn't allowed to recall. At least one juror submitted a written question about that conversation. That prompted the judge to admonish the panel: "I've legally ruled that is not before you." Segui was a colorful witness: He said baseball was "prehistoric" because "they're still doing jumping jacks." He was quite a contrast to Thursday's three other witnesses — experts with lengthy credentials who used big words over agonizingly tedious hours of testimony. FBI forensic examiner Pamela Reynolds and Jeremy Price, who used to work in the nonprofit Anti-Doping Research laboratory, revealed what the jury must have suspected all along — that the beer can evidence does indeed contain traces of steroids. Price also said the items he tested did not show any traces of a popular type of the vitamin B12 or the anesthetic Lidocaine. Clemens has said he was given injections of B12 and Lidocaine by McNamee, instead of steroids and HGH. Clemens' lawyers did not dispute the experts' findings, but they again suggested under cross-examination that the evidence was fabricated by McNamee and contaminated by the way it was stored — kept for several years in a FedEx box in the strength coach's house. Defense lawyer Michael Attanasio asked whether Price would be concerned if evidence were kept in a "private residence for six or seven years." Price danced around an answer by saying it "depends on what kind of sample." Attanasio also posed a hypothetical: If he had a syringe with B12, used it, cleaned it out and then put in steroids, would the test reveal the B12? Price said he didn't know. Attanasio also made it clear that the experts couldn't say who, if anyone, used the steroids. The government will offer its evidence for that connection Friday, when forensic scientist Alan Keel, who was using terms such as "heterozygote" and "homozygote" as the clock approached 5 p.m., returns to the stand. He's expected to say Clemens' DNA was found on the materials McNamee saved.

     
  • Cubs suffer eighth straight loss May 22, 2012 11:44 PM
    J.D. Martinez hit the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning and Jose Altuve had a solo homer to give the Houston Astros a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. The loss extends Chicago's losing skid to a season-long eight games.

     
  • Peavy, Dunn lead White Sox past Cubs 6-0 May 20, 2012 4:59 PM
    Gordon Beckham and Tyler Flowers also went deep as the White Sox matched season highs with three homers in a game and four straight wins. Not bad, considering Paul Konerko sat out his second in a row after being hit near his left eye by a pitch on Friday. For the Cubs, meanwhile, the misery continued. They dropped their sixth straight to match their longest skid this season, and they never regrouped once the White Sox started knocking the ball out of the park.

     
  • Clemens key accuser: 'I misspoke' about evidence May 19, 2012 12:10 AM
    Roger Clemens' lawyer jabbed his left index finger and hammered away, relentlessly attacking Brian McNamee over his personal life and accusing the government's chief witness of "making up this stuff on the fly." The attorney finally sprung his trap and pointed out what appeared to be a flaw in McNamee's story about the collection of evidence that turned up in a beer can.

     
  • Images: Cubsí Kerry Wood to retire May 18, 2012 10:18 AM
    Reports say Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will retire on Friday. Wood is best-known for his 20-strikeout game in 1988 and he was a driving force behind four playoff teams -- 1998, 2003, 2007 and 2008.

     
  • Verlander nearly throws 3rd no-hitter for Tigers May 18, 2012 10:14 PM
    Justin Verlander came within two outs of his third no-hitter, allowing only Josh Harrison's ninth-inning single in the Detroit Tigers' 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

     
  • Uggla helps Braves knock off Cubs 3-1 May 8, 2012 10:25 PM
    Dan Uggla hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cubs 3-1 Tuesday night. Michael Bourn reached on a leadoff single and Kerry Wood issued two walks before Uggla drove a 1-1 pitch back up the middle for his third hit of the game. Freddie Freeman helped set up the big inning by hustling down the line to prevent a potential double play.

     
  • Hamilton hits 4 homers for Rangers vs Orioles May 8, 2012 8:59 PM
    Josh Hamilton has become the 16th player in major league history to hit four home runs in a game. Facing the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night, the Texas Rangers outfielder hit two-run homers in the first, third and seventh innings and added another in the eighth off of Darren O'Day to tie the major league record. He also doubled in the fifth, going 5 for 5 with a career-high eight RBI.

     
  • Capuano does it with arm, bat as Dodgers top Cubs May 5, 2012 4:08 PM
    Chris Capuano threw seven shutout innings and drove in two runs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Capuano (4-0) held Chicago to three hits and struck out seven, extending his scoreless innings streak to 18 2-3. His two-run double in the second gave him his first RBIs since Aug. 24, 2007.

     
  • Volstad bounces back after rough 1st, Cubs lose Apr 30, 2012 10:13 PM
    If Chris Volstad could erase the first inning, his winless streak would be over. Placido Polanco hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

     
  • Garza fans 10 in 7 sharp innings, Cubs beat Phils Apr 29, 2012 4:15 PM
    Matt Garza pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and struck out 10 Sunday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1. Garza (2-1) gave up a pop-fly single to Jimmy Rollins leading off the first and nothing more.

     
  • NY police: Schaumburg man a target in baseball player's anti-Semitic attack Apr 29, 2012 6:12 AM
    A 32-year-old Schaumburg resident in New York for a bachelor party texted the Daily Herald "I'm fine" after he became a cause celebre in the New York tabloids, which ran accounts saying he was the target of an alleged hate crime from Delmon Young, an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers.

     
  • Review: Baseball scores big with At Bat mobile app Apr 21, 2012 7:42 AM
    Baseball is back, which means die-hard fans like me are hungry for updates and highlights when we're not near our televisions or computers. For the past six years, I've satisfied my appetite with Major League Baseballs evolving offerings. This year's version of the software, MLB At Bat 2012, is the best yet.

     
  • Cubs victimized for Reds' 10,000th victory, 9-4 Apr 20, 2012 5:51 PM
    Drew Stubbs had three hits and drove in three runs to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 9-4 win over the Cubs on Friday — the 10,000th victory in franchise history. Homer Bailey (1-2) gave up four runs, just one earned, over seven innings to get his first win of the year.

     
  • No charges filed against Castro in assault claim Apr 20, 2012 6:42 PM
    Cook County prosecutors have decided not to file charges against Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro for criminal sexual assault. Spokeswoman Sally Daly on Friday said the state's attorney's office and the Chicago Police Department conducted a comprehensive review of the allegation of sexual assault and decided there was not sufficient evidence to bring charges against Castro.

     
  • Lucky number 13? Werth scores game-winner in 13 Apr 14, 2012 6:03 PM
    According to the Nationals, Werth's bases-loaded single to lead Washington past Cincinnati 2-1 made him the first big leaguer since 1963 to deliver a game-ending RBI in the 13th inning on Friday the 13th.

     
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