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.

Astros clinch postseason berth with 11-3 win over Angels

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No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.

First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.

On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.

Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.