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By The Associated Press
Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, 7:48 p.m.
 

Roger Clemens said little publicly in the immediate aftermath of the Hall of Fame vote.

Over a month later, he's willing to share his thoughts — but the 354-game winner is not about to start a lobbying campaign.

“I'm not going to lose any sleep over it,” Clemens said. “If those guys feel I deserve to be there, then I deserve to be there. If they feel I don't, then that's OK, too.”

Clemens was at spring training Monday as a special instructor for the Houston Astros, and he spoke for a bit with the team's pitchers about his mental approach to the game. Later, he watched some of the Astros throw live batting practice.

When Clemens met with reporters Monday, he began by handing out a written statement about the death of country star Mindy McCready, who made headlines in April 2008 when she claimed a longtime relationship with Clemens. Published reports at the time said she met the pitcher at a Florida karaoke bar when she was 15 and he was 28 and married. Clemens has denied the relationship.

No arbitration hearings

Major League Baseball pitched an arbitration shutout.

Reliever Darren O'Day completed a $5.8 million, two-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, becoming the 133rd and final player to settle without a hearing among the 133 who filed for arbitration Jan. 13.

This was the first year since arbitration began in 1974 that no player who filed went to a hearing.

Jeter returns to field

Derek Jeter received an ovation that could be heard throughout Steinbrenner Field when he jogged onto the diamond for the New York Yankees' first full-squad workout Monday.

Jeter took part in most of the team drills, including on-field batting practice for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery last October. The 38-year-old captain, who has been hitting in an indoor cage, also took part in a 25-minute defensive session at shortstop.

“It felt good,” Jeter said.

Brewers' 1B out for year

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time in less than a year and will miss the season.

The 27-year-old was injured May 1 at San Diego when he hit a wall while chasing Nick Hundley's foul popup, cutting short his season after 21 games. Gamel reinjured the knee Saturday during Milwaukee's first full-squad workout this year.

Cubs' Garza to have MRI

Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza will undergo tests to determine the severity of the injury he sustained while pitching batting practice.

Garza, who made just 18 starts last season because of an elbow injury, felt a twinge in his side while throwing Sunday. The Cubs called it a “mild strain,” but general manager Jed Hoyer said that the right-hander will undergo an MRI so team doctors will have a better sense of how long Garza will be sidelined.

Cubs trade Campana

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Tony Campana in a trade that sent right-handed pitchers Jesus Castillo and Erick Leal to the Chicago Cubs.

The 26-year-old Campana hit .264 with 30 stolen bases in 89 games with the Cubs last season.

Kotchman in stitches

Miami Marlins first baseman Casey Kotchman received four stitches to close a cut on his left ring finger after running into a pop-up machine during infield drills. Manager Mike Redmond says Kotchman would be evaluated Tuesday.

Rangers' SS skips WBC

Texas Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar, 19, decided against playing in the World Baseball Classic.

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