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PETTITTE TALKS TO CONGRESS; CLEMENS ON DECK

Roger Clemens is scheduled to give a deposition to lawyers from a congressional committee behind closed doors today, one day after his former Yankees teammate and workout partner Andy Pettitte delivered sworn testimony for about 2-1/2 hours.

Both pitchers' private interviews with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee staff members are part of preparation for a Feb.13 hearing. That public session is expected to focus on allegations made in the Mitchell report by trainer Brian McNamee that he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with performance enhancers.

"Roger is not going to take the Fifth Amendment," one of Clemens' attorneys, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement.

Pettitte did not take questions from the media.

MORE STEROIDS: U.S. consular officials in the Dominican Republic are reviewing visa applications from players who have been suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs.

RAYS CARAVAN: The Rays have scheduled a series of appearances by players and team officials to coincide with the start of spring training, including a Friday luncheon in Punta Gorda and a free clinic in Lakeland on Feb.12. See blogs.tampabay.com/rays for details.

BEDARD DEAL CLOSE: Mariners outfielder Adam Jones, the key prospect the Orioles are expected to receive for ace left-hander Erik Bedard, is in Baltimore for a physical, several media outlets reported, a sign a trade could be completed soon.

DEAL FOR GRANDERSON: Outfielder Curtis Granderson and the Tigers agreed to a $30.25-million, five-year contract that includes a club option for 2013.

JUAN GONE'S RETURN: Juan Gonzalez is trying a comeback with the Cardinals after sitting out the past two seasons.

JURISPRUDENCE: A Palm Beach County jury found ophthalmologist Tom Coffman liable for damage to Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer's vision and awarding the part-time Palm Beach resident $890,000.

OBITUARY: Ed Vargo, a longtime NL umpire who worked in four World Series and was behind the plate when Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth's career homer mark, died Saturday at home in Butler, Pa. He was 79.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.

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