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EVIDENCE MAY PUNCH HOLE IN MCNAMEE STORY

A lawyer for Roger Clemens said Saturday that the pitcher can prove he didn't attend a June 1998 party at Jose Canseco's home described by Brian McNamee in the Mitchell report.

According to McNamee, Clemens' former trainer, the pitcher first raised the subject of steroids not long after McNamee saw Canseco and Clemens meeting during the party.

Clemens' side has turned over evidence to congressional investigators, including an affidavit from Canseco, to support that Clemens wasn't present at Canseco's home that day, the attorney, Rusty Hardin, told the Associated Press.

Hardin said video footage from telecasts of baseball games around the time of the party also were given to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. During the telecasts, Hardin said, TV announcers can be heard discussing Canseco's party and noting that Clemens wasn't there.

shot for SCHILLING: Curt Schilling received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder, beginning a treatment plan the Red Sox hope will bring the right-hander back before the end of the season, the Boston Globe reported.

The painkilling shot would allow Schilling, 41, to begin rehabbing an injured shoulder tendon. Boston's team physician believes the tendon is damaged, not torn, and rehabilitation gives Schilling his best chance to play this year.

Schilling's physician, Dr. Craig Morgan, says the tendon is torn and requires surgery.

SIGN MAN DIES: Karl Ehrhardt, the "sign man" of Shea Stadium who was a fixture at Mets games from 1964-81, died Thursday at his home in the Glen Oaks section of Queens. He was 83.

Mr. Ehrhardt was famous for holding up tailored signs after key plays that displayed his pleasure or frustration with the team. The block-lettered signs served as color commentary for fans in the stands and TV viewers.

HOLLIDAY BACKS BLOOD TESTS: Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday told the Charlotte News & Observer that he would favor blood tests for major-league players that could be stored until better testing for human growth hormone is developed.

"Obviously, we've got some work to do with the growth hormone issue, and I think some people have said it: 'Start taking blood now, and keep 'em until we've got a good test,'" said Holliday, runnerup in the 2007 NL MVP voting.

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