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Pregame notes: Clemens verdit seen as a chance to move on

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jun 18, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees were on the field taking batting practice when the Rogers Clemens verdict was announced. Clemens was found not guilty on all six charges that he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs during his career.

“I think it means a lot for him, first and foremost,” Derek Jeter said. “That’s the important thing. I think it’s great for the game that we can stop talking about it now, you know what I mean? This is something that’s been going on for a long time. I’m glad it’s over with. I’m pretty sure baseball fans will be happy it’s over with.”

Here are the basic details from The Associated Press:

The trial was lengthy, the deliberations relatively brief. Jurors returned their verdict after close to 10 hours over several days. The outcome ended a 10-week trial that capped an expensive, five-year investigation into one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball.

Shortly after the verdict was read, Clemens and his family engaged in hugs in the courtroom including one large group hug. At one point, wife Debbie Clemens dabbed Roger Clemens’ eyes with a tissue.

Clemens, 49, was charged with two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress when he testified at a deposition and at a nationally televised hearing in February 2008. The charges centered on his repeated denials that he used steroids and human growth hormone during a 24-year career produced 354 wins and a record seven Cy Young Awards.

“I think we get all of these trials out of the way and we’ll move on,” Joe Girardi said. “I think it does (put the Steroid Era in the past) because it seems like every time someone was brought up for a grand jury or went on trial, we focused on what was going on the last 10, 15 years. Now it seems like we’re beyond that, and we can focus on what’s going to happen the next 10 years.”

• As for the current Yankees, Nick Swisher is still not available. He went through treatment and said through the Yankees media relations department that he’s better but not quite ready to play. “It’s a bone bruise,” Girardi said. “It’s going to go away. Is it another day after today? Possibly. Do I expect to have him in the next couple days? I do.”

• Girardi said Russell Martin likely would have caught CC Sabathia tonight if Swisher had been able to play the outfield. Without Swisher, Girardi had to choose between two catchers and three left-handed hitters at DH. He decide to DH Martin and catch Chris Stewart. “CC and Stew were against Atlanta (last week) and (Stewart) knows where things went right, where things went wrong,” Girardi said. “It will be easier, in a sense. I do want to get Russell and him back together.”

• Brett Gardner is back with the team after his elbow treatments late last week. He’s aiming for a return near the all-star break. “You’re looking at a good four-and-a-half weeks from the time he stopped his rehab, so I think it’s feasible,” Girardi said. “But I also thought when he sat out two-and-a-half weeks that was feasible too, so we’ll have to see.”

• Sabathia hasn’t been especially sharp lately. “What I’ve noticed is trouble with his command,” Girardi said. “As far as looking any different physically or mechanically, I don’t really see anything different. I’m sure Larry probably sees little things. Our thought is always at any point he can throw a gem.”

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