Roger Clemens spent Thursday going door-to-door on Capitol Hill, lobbying Congress investigating whether he used performance-enhancing drugs and saying newly released photos are not proof he did so.
His former trainer, Brian McNamee, gave a seven-hour deposition, and his lawyers presented the photos they said will prove the star pitcher used them.
McNamee declined to comment after talking to lawyers from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. His lawyers wouldn't discuss the deposition but did talk about the photos.
One shows a crushed beer can - which lawyer Richard Emery said was taken out of a trash can in Clemens' New York apartment in late 2001 - that contains needles used to inject Clemens. It also shows what Emery said was gauze used to wipe blood off Clemens after a shot.
The other picture shows vials of what Emery said were testosterone and needles, items the attorney said Clemens gave to McNamee for safekeeping at the end of the 2002 season.
"Roger Clemens has put himself in a position where his legacy as the greatest pitcher in baseball will depend less on his ERA and more on his DNA," said Earl Ward, another McNamee lawyer.
Less than an hour later, Clemens held his news conference.
"This man has a total history of lying," Rusty Hardin, one of Clemens' lawyers, said of McNamee, who added he is a "troubled, not-well man."
While Clemens' camp called the photos "manufactured" evidence, Emery said the items were "just a collection of stuff" thrown in a box and "kept in a basement for seven years."
Emery said McNamee kept the items because he "had this inkling and gut feeling that he couldn't trust Roger and better keep something to protect himself in the future."
"We invite Roger Clemens to provide his DNA to the federal government," Ward said, "so a determination can be made whether or not the items we say were taken from him are, in fact, his DNA."
Hardin said the pitcher would comply with any request from a federal authority.
"But they're going to have to come to us," Hardin said. "It's not going to be McNamee getting out here with a bunch of pictures of waste."
Repeated denials of McNamee's allegations in the Mitchell report by Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young winner, drew Congress' attention. Clemens spoke under oath to the committee Tuesday.
A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, when Clemens, McNamee and others, including Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, are to testify. McNamee, also an ex-trainer of Pettitte, told investigator George Mitchell he injected Pettitte with Human Growth Hormone. Pettitte has confirmed he used HGH for two days.
McNamee's attorneys said their client also turned over physical evidence to a federal prosecutor in California last month, shortly after Clemens held a Jan. 7 news conference at which he played a taped conversation between the two men with conflicting accounts at the center of the issue.
"At that point," Ward said, "(McNamee) decided there was no holds barred."
Yanks, Cano finalize: Second baseman Robinson Cano and the Yankees completed a four-year $30-million extension. It includes options for 2012 and 2013 that could make the deal worth $57-million.
Marlins: Outfielder Luis Gonzalez, 40, signed a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. Last season, the Tampa native hit .278 with 15 home runs for the Dodgers.
ORIOLES: Pitcher Daniel Cabrera agreed to a one-year contract for $2,875,000.