<
>

Federal marshals unable to find, serve Knoblauch with subpoena

WASHINGTON -- Former major leaguer Chuck Knoblauch had not
been tracked down as of early Wednesday evening by federal marshals
trying to serve him a subpoena from a House panel investigating
steroids in baseball, a committee staffer told The Associated
Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because staffers were
not authorized to make public comments on the matter.

Knoblauch, a four-time All-Star who played for the Yankees,
Twins and Royals from 1991-02, originally was asked to appear
Thursday for what was supposed to be the first of five depositions
or transcribed interviews scheduled by the House Oversight and
Government Reform Committee.

Those sessions are in preparation for a hearing Feb. 13, when
the witnesses are scheduled to include seven-time Cy Young Award
winner Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer, Brian
McNamee.

When the committee didn't hear from Knoblauch or a
representative, it issued a subpoena to force the 1991 AL Rookie of
the Year to submit to a deposition next Tuesday.

As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, though, that subpoena had not reached
the former infielder who, like Clemens and more than 80 other
players, was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs in last
month's Mitchell Report on baseball's steroids era.

Clemens was asked to speak to committee staff Saturday, and his
workout partner and former teammate with the Yankees, Andy
Pettitte, was invited to be interviewed Jan. 30. McNamee is due to
speak to the committee Jan. 31, with former New York Mets clubhouse
employee Kirk Radomski to appear Feb. 1.

Lawyers for Clemens and McNamee have said their clients will
appear, although one of McNamee's lawyers, Earl Ward, said his
client would like to change the date of his meeting.

"We're still waiting to hear back from them on an alternate
date," Ward said Wednesday.

Ward said he is awaiting final word on McNamee's request for
immunity but also said that McNamee would appear without it.

In the Mitchell Report, McNamee said he injected Clemens with
steroids and human growth hormone, accusations the pitcher with the
eighth-most wins in major league history has denied repeatedly.
Pettitte acknowledged McNamee injected him twice with HGH while the
pitcher was recovering from an injury.

McNamee also told Mitchell he acquired HGH from Radomski for
Knoblauch in 2001 and injected Knoblauch with HGH.

Radomski pleaded guilty to distributing steroids and laundering
money. His sentencing is Feb. 8.