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Andy Pettitte testifies in Roger Clemens case

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
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Andy Pettitte had an unexpected stop on his way back to the Yankees rotation, a federal court in Washington.

Pettitte showed up at the federal building on Tuesday testified in the Roger Clemens federal perjury case this afternoon. Newsday reporter Jim Baumbach has a running account of Pettitte's testimony on his Twitter account -- @JimBaumbach. Before the trial took a break for lunch, Pettitte mostly described the basics of baseball, including the wear and tear of pitching on a person's arm, what an agent does and the levels of minor league baseball. Pettitte also discussed his comeback and how he grew up admiring Clemens and later bonded with him in New York. Pettitte said Clemens became a mentor for him and that he would ask Clemens for advice.

Later, Pettitte said Clemens told him he had taken human growth hormone

"Roger had mentioned to me that he had taken HGH and that it could help with recovery," Pettitte told the court (via Baumbach's Twitter). "That's really all I remember about the conversation."

Pettitte said he didn't know what HGH was and had never heard of it before Clemens mentioned he had used it.

Pettitte's testimony will continue Wednesday.

On Monday, Pettitte allowed 10 hits and six runs (five earned) in 5 2/3 innings in an extended spring training game in Tampa. Afterward Pettitte declared himself ready to return to the Yankees' rotation. Pettitte didn't play in 2011 and recently mounted his comeback.

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