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MLB Roundup: Clemens trial continues, Lawrie appeals suspension

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Roger Clemens' lawyer Rusty Hardin began his first extended cross-examination of key prosecution witness Brian McNamee by explaining that he would set up a chart to list McNamee's recollections as a mistake, a case of bad memory or a lie, according to an MLB.com report.

Though he hadn't used the chart by the time court recessed Wednesday, Hardin had peppered McNamee with questions about his claims that Clemens asked for a "booty shot" -- a term that now has been used dozens of times in the trial -- during the 1998 season.

Hardin questioned the witness about statements McNamee made before Congress and in his direct testimony earlier in the week, attempting to destroy McNamee's credibility. He also suggested that McNamee is looking to capitalize on the situation, particularly since he and Clemens appeared before Congress in 2008.

"Ever since Feb. 13, 2008, would you agree with me that you've been trying to take advantage of the fame you achieved with Roger Clemens?" Hardin asked, with McNamee responding that he hasn't.

McNamee is the key government witness in the case against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner. Clemens is accused of lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied using steroids and human growth hormone. McNamee testified earlier this week that he injected Clemens in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie on Wednesday appealed his four-game suspension by Major League Baseball Wednesday following a run-in with umpire Bill Miller.

Lawrie announced prior to Wednesday's home game against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre that he was appealing because "I feel I have the right to explain my side of the story about what happened (Tuesday) night," he told reporters.

MLB Senior Vice President of Standards and On-Field Operations, Joe Garagiola Jr., announced that Laurie would be suspended for four games and fined an undisclosed amount of money earlier Wednesday for what was termed "aggressive actions" towards Miller, including throwing a helmet near Miller during the ninth inning of Tuesday night's game at Rogers Centre against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. The helmet struck Miller in the hip.

The suspension and fine are now on hold until Lawrie's appeal is heard by MLB officials. No announcement has been made on when that hearing will occur.

Lawrie told reporters he was expecting to be suspended after the incident, but that he had a defense: "In a nutshell is just I didn't mean to hit him."

---The New York Mets will host the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday at a news conference at City Hall.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, Mets owner Fred Wilpon, Mr. Met and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attended the announcement.

The league decided at least four years ago that the Mets would host the game at the ballpark, which opened in 2009, but held off an announcement until it finalized agreements with the city for All-Star services and related events, such as the FanFest.

The Mets last hosted the All-Star Game in 1964, in Shea Stadium's first year.

Kansas City hosts this year's game, and the 2014 game is expected to be played at Minneapolis' Target Field.

---Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling threw 83 complete games during a 20-year big-league career, but he needs some relief for his fledgling video-game company.

One of the game's greatest postseason pitchers asked Rhode Island officials Wednesday for more money to help 38 Studios LLC, according to a Boston Globe report. The private meeting was held to determine if the financial difficulties threaten the state's $75 million investment.

The board of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. took no action Wednesday, and the amount Schilling asked for wasn't disclosed.

"My priority right now is to get back to my team," Schilling said in a brief statement to reporters.

Schilling moved the company from Maynard, Ma. to Providence last year in return for $75 million in loan guarantees from the state. The company promised to bring 450 jobs to the city, and state officials hoped it would anchor a new video game sector there.

---Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Vance Worley was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 12, with right elbow inflammation.

The team isn't sure on the severity of the injury, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters that more should be known.

The 24-year-old posted a 3.07 ERA in his first seven starts. He will be replaced by Kyle Kendrick, who has posted a 7.32 ERA in 19 2/3 innings this season.

To replace Worley on the roster, the Phillies recalled left-hander Joe Savery from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 26-year-old has a 4.50 ERA in eight innings in the major leagues this season.

---Kevin Hickey, who spent parts of six seasons in the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles, has died at age 56.

The White Sox said Hickey died Wednesday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He had been hospitalized for since missing the team's workout before Opening Day. A cause of death wasn't disclosed.

A lefty, Hickey pitched with the White Sox from 1981-83 and the Orioles from 1989-91. He was 9-14 with a 3.91 ERA and 17 saves in 231 relief appearances.

---Cleveland Indians reliever Dan Wheeler was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old righty was designated for assignment over the weekend, and cleared waivers. Wheeler posted an 8.76 ERA in 12 1/3 innings this season.

---The Philadelphia Phillies acquired outfielder Kyle Hudson from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Rich Thompson.

Hudson, 25, who was sent from the Rangers to the Rays at the end of spring training, was batting .291 with seven stolen bases in 33 games with Triple-A Durham.

Thompson, 33, was hitting .307 with seven stolen bases in 29 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He last played in the big leagues in 2004 while with the Royals.
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