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Clemens, McNamee, Congress and The Showdown

Greetings to those of you who are regular Nationals Journal folks, and welcome to those who have an interest in steroids, Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), HGH, Roger Clemens, B12, Congressional hearings, medical experts, the Mitchell Report, Brian McNamee, crushed Miller Lite cans or all of the above.

While this space is normally a clearinghouse for news about the Washington Nationals, it'll serve on Wednesday as a place to get updates on the hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform looking into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. The star witness: Roger Clemens, legend. The aversary: Brian McNamee, former personal trainer to Clemens.

The hearing today is the culmination of the committee's look at steroid and HGH use in baseball. Last month, in the wake of the Mitchell Report, Commissioner Bud Selig and Donald Fehr, head of the players' union, also testified here, as did former senate majority leader George J. Mitchell, the report's author.

Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch, McNamee and others have offered their testimonies to lawyers for the committee. Pettitte and Knoblauch have been excused from testifying, as has former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski, who, like McNamee, was at the center of the Mitchell Report.

This wil be a day full of intrigue, one in which McNamee and Clemens are expected to give opposite stories. I'll post any Nationals news that becomes available during the day. (Felipe Lopez has his arbitration case on Wednesday, though we won't know the result until Thursday, most likely.) But check back frequently for updates on what they're saying.

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 13, 2008; 6:34 AM ET
 
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