The seven-time Cy Young Award winner took his chances with a jury by going to trial, said his lawyer, Rusty Hardin.

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WASHINGTON — Roger Clemens rejected a plea deal that would have spared him prison time, and instead took his chances going to trial.

Clemens’ lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said Thursday that prosecutors offered to let the former pitcher plead guilty to one count of lying to Congress when he denied using human growth hormone. In exchange, Clemens would have received probation.

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner was indicted in August 2010 on six counts for allegedly lying to Congress by denying he used HGH as well as steroids.

Hardin said Clemens was offered the plea deal in December 2009 and immediately rejected it.

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“His reason was, ‘I didn’t lie to Congress,’ ” Hardin said.

On Monday, a jury in Washington acquitted Clemens on all counts.

Under U.S. sentencing guidelines, Clemens probably would have faced up to 15 months to 21 months in prison if convicted.

Rays’ Peralta appeals

8-game suspension

WASHINGTON — Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball for having pine tar on his glove.

Peralta appealed and continues to play until the process is complete. He pitched Thursday against Washington.

Peralta was ejected from Tuesday night’s game after umpires found pine tar on his mitt.

The incident led to a verbal spat between managers Joe Maddon of the Rays and Davey Johnson of the Nationals. Maddon called Johnson’s actions cowardly and bush. Johnson said Maddon should “read the rule book” and that he was “a weird wuss.”

Cops say woman

lied about robbery

PITTSBURGH — A Maryland woman was charged with filing a false police report about a robbery at the Pittsburgh hotel room of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman last month.

Claudia Manrique of Silver Spring, Md., was charged by Pittsburgh police with a misdemeanor.

Chapman told police he arranged for Manrique, an exotic dancer, to fly to Pittsburgh in May, when the Reds were in town for a series against the Pirates.

Police investigators contend Manrique lied when she claimed she was tied up in Chapman’s hotel room by an unknown assailant who made off with about $6,000 in jewelry and other items on May 29.


• Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki had surgery on his groin and will be out at least six weeks.

• Braves RHP Brandon Beachy had successful ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow.

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