The prosecution finally rests in the Roger Clemens case

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After seven weeks of the prosecution case in chief, the government has rested.  Also two minor counts against Roger Clemens have been dismissed.

The dropped counts relate to individual things he said such as him having “no idea” that George Mitchell wanted to talk to him. The dismissal was likely because the government didn’t put on evidence relating to those counts.  He remains charged with two counts of perjury and three counts of making false statements before Congress, along with 13 other acts constituting obstruction of justice. For all practical purposes the case remains the same.

Oh, and shockingly, the judge denied Clemens’ motion today to have the case dismissed. Hey, was worth a try.

Time for the defense case. It is not likely to take anywhere near as long given that one tends not to put on a ton of evidence establishing that one did not do something.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.