Clemens won’t take 5th at Tues. hearing

The former Yankees pitcher follows in the footsteps of teammate Andy Pettite.

>WASHINGTON (AP) – Not one of Roger Clemens’ flat-out denials about using steroids or human growth hormone was delivered while he spoke under oath. Now he gets that chance.

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner is scheduled to give a deposition to lawyers from a congressional committee behind closed doors Tuesday, one day after his former New York Yankees teammate and workout partner Andy Pettitte delivered sworn testimony for about 2 1/2 hours.

Both pitchers’ private interviews with staff members from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee 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.

The 45-year-old Clemens ranks eighth in major league history with 354 career wins. He put off retirement yet again in 2007, returning to the Yankees in June and going 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA.

“Roger is not going to take the Fifth Amendment,” one of Clemens’ lawyers, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement e-mailed by spokesman Joe Householder. “He is going to answer the committee’s questions truthfully under oath.”