Roger Clemens is not helping

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Alex Rodriguez has almost no defenders. Heck, the closest thing he has to any defenders are people like me who defend the process, but that’s pretty cold comfort.  Thank goodness, then, that Roger Clemens has his back. Kinda:

“A-Rod was my teammate in New York,” the poster boy for the Mitchell Report on baseball and steroids told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I’m glad he was my teammate. I did things to make him feel comfortable. I did that for all of my teammates. I think I was a pretty solid teammate.”

OK, that was really an endorsement of Roger Clemens: super teammate as opposed to an endorsement of A-Rod.

Thanks? Maybe?

Giants place Dereck Rodriguez on DL due to injury sustained during altercation with Dodgers

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his hamstring. Rodriguez apparently suffered the injury during Tuesday’s altercation with the Dodgers which featured Yasiel Puig and Nick Hundley.

Rodriguez, 22, has been having an outstanding rookie season, posting a 2.25 ERA with a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 80 innings across 12 starts and two relief appearances.

Casey Kelly will start in Rodriguez’s place against the Reds on Friday.