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McNamee's estranged wife will be called to testify

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Defense lawyers for Roger Clemens say they'll call the estranged wife of Brian McNamee, Eileen, to testify, though her lawyer told reporters Thursday that he wants to ensure that her previously granted immunity remains intact, according to multiple reports.

McNamee may have implicated her in a number of ways during his testimony, including possible mail fraud. Clemens' lawyers hope she will hurt McNamee's credibility.

On Thursday, the defense summoned Boston's assistant general manager at the time of Clemens' departure, Steven August. He testified that he recommended the team re-sign Clemens.

"I told Mr. Duquette that Roger was at the top of his game," August said. August said he was good friends with Clemens, and called the pitcher "extremely hardworking."

As testimonials on Clemens came from defense witnesses, prosecutor Gil Guerrero at one point told August, "You understand he's not on trial for how great he was in baseball."

Also on Thursday, former Houston Astros manager Phil Garner testified that Clemens succeeded in his 40s with his intelligence.

"He continued to have great success, but for different reasons," said Garner, who managed Clemens from 2004-06. "He didn't just overpower teams; he outsmarted teams ... He wasn't as domineering as he was earlier."
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