David Segui backs up Brian McNamee in the Clemens trial


David Segui hit pretty well off Roger Clemens in his career, going 14 for 38, walking six times and driving in six in 44 plate appearances.  yesterday, he hit Clemens again:

Former Major Leaguer David Segui testified at the federal perjury trial of Roger Clemens on Thursday, backing up Brian McNamee’s claim that the strength and conditioning trainer saved evidence he used to inject players with performance-enhancing drugs in order to placate his wife …

Brian McNamee has a lot of credibility problems, but having Segui back up McNamee’s story about why he kept old syringes is pretty significant in my view as it gives the jury an alternate, more Occam’s Razor-friendly explanation for why he would have kept them than the “this is all an elaborate fabrication” story that Clemens’ lawyers are suggesting.

Danny Duffy exits spring training game with left shoulder tightness

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Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.

The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.

The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.