ST. LOUIS — Baseball star Albert Pujols is suing former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark for saying on his radio show that Pujols used steroids.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1cd96kN ) reports that the lawsuit filed Friday in St. Louis County seeks unspecified damages and asks for a declaration that Clark’s statements are false.
Clark said during his show on WGNU on Aug. 2 that he knew “for a fact” that Pujols used steroids and performance enhancing drugs. Clark and co-host Kevin Slaten were fired soon afterward.
The lawsuit says Clark’s comments are lies that have damaged Pujols’ reputation, causing him humiliation, mental anguish and anxiety.
Clark’s attorney, Chet Pleban, says Clark will welcome a jury trial. Pujols now plays for the Los Angeles Angels after 11 years in St. Louis.
Yankees offer new deal to Girardi
NEW YORK — A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Yankees have made a contract offer to manager Joe Girardi.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the offer was not announced.
Girardi’s contract expires at the end of the month. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with Girardi on Monday and with the manager’s agent, Steve Mandell, on Wednesday.
Girardi replaced Joe Torre after the 2007 season and was given a $7.8 million, three-year contract. He is completing a $9 million, three-year deal.
He has led the Yankees to a 564-408 record and a World Series title. Crippled by injuries, New York had its poorest season since 1992, missing the playoffs for the second time in 19 years and finishing tied for third in the AL East at 85-77.
Cashman said Tuesday “we’re going to give him a real good reason to stay.”
A-Rod sues MLB over suspension
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and its commissioner, saying they are trying to destroy his reputation and career.
The lawsuit filed by the New York Yankees third baseman in New York State Supreme Court was made public Friday. It seeks unspecified damages.
The suit claims Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball have tried to smear Rodriguez’ reputation to “gloss over” Selig’s past inaction and tacit approval of the use of performance-enhancing substances in baseball. The lawsuit says Selig wanted to secure his legacy as the “savior” of America’s pastime.
Rodriguez is appealing a 211-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.
The lawsuit says the suspension will cost him tens of millions of dollars in salary and could prevent him from meeting certain performance goals in his contract worth millions of dollars.
Braves have plan for roster
The Atlanta Braves are going into the playoffs carrying only one backup infielder, Paul Janish. They have seven outfielders, including Evan Gattis, who is listed as a catcher but is starting in left field.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday the only potential problem he envisions in the NL division series against the Dodgers would come if Janish enters the game as a defensive replacement for Chris Johnson “and something happens, somebody rolls an ankle. Then you have to scramble a little bit.”
Added Gonzalez: “And we’ve made some plans for that, also.”
The surprise emergency plan is catcher Gerald Laird, who Gonzalez said could play third base.
Laird played only at catcher this season and has appeared in only two games in his career at third base — both with Texas in 2008. He started one of those games.
When told of the emergency plan during batting practice before Game 1 on Thursday night, Laird laughed.
“If I’m playing third base, we’re in trouble,” he said.
Red Sox’s Gomes has rich resume
Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes is with his fifth team in six years.
He started with Tampa Bay in 2003, went to Cincinnati in 2009, Washington in 2011, Oakland in 2012 and Boston this year.
There was something special about nearly all of them.
“I played for the youngest organization in baseball in Tampa,” Gomes said Thursday. “I played for the oldest organization in baseball in the Cincinnati Reds. I played for the team I grew up cheering for in the Oakland A’s.”
And with the Red Sox, he’s played before “probably the most educated fan base in baseball,” he said.
On Friday, he started in left field in the opener of the best-of-five AL division series against Tampa Bay, which began playing in 1998 and gave Gomes his start five years later.
That, he said, was “the organization that had faith in me in the beginning.”