Shocker: the Supreme Court refuses to revive Roger Clemens’ defamation suit against Brian McNamee

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You know, if Roger Clemens had just shut up, or at least offered a general “the Mitchell Report was wrong” kind of comment three and a half years ago, he’d be off golfing right now without a care in the world.

But he didn’t. He went on a PR blitz and then sued Brian McNamee for defamation.  That suit got tossed, Brian McNamee sued him back, and then they both got called before Congress, who realized that they could make some hay out of all of the grass Clemens was providing.  And that’s why he’s being prosecuted for perjury now.

And his last chance to get anything positive out of that for himself — that suit against McNamee — is now gone, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that it is unwilling to overturn the lower court’s ruling tossing Clemens’ suit.

See you at your criminal trial, Rocket!

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.