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Denials in the Grimsley steroid story

This past weekend's stories about folks allegedly being named in the Jason Grimsley affidavit are being denied...

Grimsley's attorney told The Arizona Republic that Grimsley told agents that Clemens and his Houston Astros teammate Andy Pettitte would "never in a million years" use illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

The inaccuracies have to do with the names as they appear in the report, a spokesman for San Francisco U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan said. The spokesman did not elaborate.

Citing sealed court filings, the Los Angeles Times reported that former pitcher Jason Grimsley had named Clemens, his Houston Astros teammate Andy Pettitte, and Baltimore Orioles' players Miguel Tejada, Brian Roberts and Jay Gibbons. The story first appeared on the Times' Web site on Saturday and was quickly seized on by print and broadcast media outlets.

Ryan issued a statement Monday, saying: "In view of the recent news reports purporting to identify certain athletes whose names had been redacted from the government's search warrant filings in the Grimsley matter, and in the interests of justice, please be advised that these reports contain significant inaccuracies."