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PETTITTE: CLEMENS SAID HE USED HGH

Roger Clemens told Yankees teammate Andy Pettitte nearly 10 years ago that he used human growth hormone, Pettitte said in a sworn affidavit to Congress, the Associated Press learned Tuesday.

Pettitte disclosed the conversation to the congressional committee holding today's hearings on drug use in baseball, AP reported.

In the affidavit, which was signed Friday night, Pettitte said Clemens backtracked when the subject of HGH came up again in conversation in 2005.

Pettitte said in the affidavit that he asked Clemens in 2005 what he would do if asked by the media about HGH, given his admission years earlier. According to AP, the affidavit said Clemens responded by saying Pettitte misunderstood the exchange in 1999 or 2000 and that, in fact, Clemens had been talking about HGH use by his wife in that conversation.

By contrast, former slugger Jose Canseco said in his affidavit that he has never seen Clemens "use, possess or ask for steroids or human growth hormone."

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's hearing will focus on Clemens' denials of his former personal trainer's allegations in the Mitchell report. The trainer, Brian McNamee, told federal prosecutors and then-baseball investigator George Mitchell that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone at least 16 times in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

"I have never had a conversation with Clemens in which he expressed any interest in using steroids or human growth hormone," Canseco said in the affidavit, dated Jan. 22.

According to McNamee, Clemens raised the subject of steroids not long after McNamee saw Canseco and Clemens at a June 1998 party. At the time, Canseco and Clemens were Blue Jays teammates, and McNamee was working for the team. Canseco says in his affidavit Clemens was not at that party.

Also Tuesday, the House committee held a hearing on the "Myths and Facts about Human Growth Hormone, B-12, and Other Substances." The consensus from the four doctors who testified: Neither HGH nor vitamin B-12 appears to help performance much.

Also, Clemens' defamation lawsuit against McNamee was moved to federal court.

LIVAN JOINS TWINS: Right-hander Livan Hernandez, 33, agreed to a $5-million, one-year contract with Minnesota that could earn him $2-million in performance bonuses, joining a staff whose other four starters range in age from 23 to 26.

STRAWBERRY CASE: Former slugger Darryl Strawberry will pay the IRS more than $430,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest. Strawberry was convicted of tax evasion in 1995 over income from autographs and memorabilia.

METS: The huge Fiberglas apple that pops up when New York players hit home runs will follow the team to its new ballpark when it opens next year.

RANGERS: Free-agent outfielder Kevin Mench signed a minor-league contract.

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