Prosecutors want Pettitte, Knoblauch to testify at Clemens trial

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Roger Clemens is hoping the judge at his impending criminal trial will prevent prosecutors from calling his former Yankees teammates to the stand, claiming such testimony could lead to “guilt by association.”

Prosecutors, though, are planning to call Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch, Mike Stanton and possibly others to show that team traner Brian McNamee had access to performance-enhancing drugs and knew how to inject them.

McNamee says he gave steroids and human growth hormone to Clemens, an allegation the former Cy Young Award winner denies.

Clemens’ trial on charges that he lied to congress in February 2008 is scheduled to begin July 6. The prosecution expects to call about 45 witness, including the aforementioned three and admitted steroid user David Segui. Segui and drug supplier Kirk Radomski will testify that McNamee told them he had saved needles used to inject players.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton will preside.

Rockies acquire Zac Rosscup from Cubs

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The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.

Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms ruling that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law

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The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.

In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.

The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.

This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.