Baseball notes

Federal prosecutors have interviewed Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte as they investigate whether his former teammate Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.


Two people familiar with the case told The Associated Press that Pettitte was in Washington last week to meet with prosecutors.

Pettitte could be a crucial witness for any case against Clemens. The two trained together for years.

Pettitte has acknowledged taking human growth hormone and told congressional investigators that Clemens informed him nearly a decade ago that he used HGH.

Prosecutors are weighing whether to bring perjury charges against Clemens for denying under oath to Congress that he took performance-enhancing substances.

Asked about his meeting with prosecutors, Pettitte said, "I can't talk to you about that."

MARLINS: Manager Fredi Gonzalez received a contract extension through the 2011 season.

Before managing the Marlins, the 45-year-old Gonzalez spent five seasons with the Braves, including four as their third base coach.

PIRATES: Outfielder Nate McLouth reached an agreement on a $15.75 million, three-year contract that includes a team option for 2012.

McLouth hit .276 last season with 26 home runs and 94 RBI. He was on the NL All-Star team and won a Gold Glove in center field.

DODGERS: Agreed to a $3.1 million, one-year deal with outfielder Andre Ethier, who batted .305 with 20 homers and 77 RBI last year.

REDS: Edwin Encarnacion has agreed to a two-year contract that will pay the third baseman at least $7.6 million through the 2010 season. Encarnacion batted .251 last season with 26 home runs and 68 RBI.

CARDINALS: Third baseman Troy Glaus can't throw or hit after having surgery for a muscle tear in his right shoulder Jan. 21. He could return sometime late in April.


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