Marlins' Guillen in support of Clemens' acquittal

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Marlins' Guillen in support of Clemens' acquittal

BOSTON For Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, the case is closed.

He's not guilty, he's not guilty. That's the bottom line, Guillen said.How you can prove people wrong about it?

Guillen was talking about Roger Clemens, who was acquitted Monday of lying to Congress about steroid use.

Guillen had 63 plate appearances against Clemens. He had more at-bats against just four other pitchers Dave Stewart, Mike Moore, Jack Morris, and Bobby Witt. Guillen went 15-for-62 (.242) with just one extra-base hit, a double, one RBI, and seven strikeouts against Clemens.

A lot of people want to think whatever they want to think but the reality is he's not guilty, Guillen said. Those people who think that way, they're wasting their time.

Now, it will be up to the voters to decide if Clemens is a Hall of Famer.

He's got my vote - except for I don't vote - because that guy pitched well enough to do that, Guillen said. I respect people both ways. I think he should be in.

I respect everybody's opinion. I respect everybody's thought. I think it was good for baseball to see good news coming out of that problem.

Everything we hear in business is bad news. We don't need that. That's great. Now it's time to move on and see what happens.

Will the cloud of suspicion ever leave Clemens?

You can be a suspect all your life, Guillen said.

Report: Red Sox eye ex-Oriole Pedro Alvarez for DH slot

Report: Red Sox eye ex-Oriole Pedro Alvarez for DH slot

The Red Sox have more or less withdrawn from the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, with Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald noting that much of their reluctance hinges on the likelihood that they’d exceed the new $195 million luxury tax threshold by locking the DH into a lucrative deal. That doesn’t leave them without options, however, and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the club could be interested in 29-year-old corner infielder Pedro Alvarez, as well as fellow free agents Mike Napoli and Matt Holliday.

After playing just 10 games at DH from 2010 to 2015, Alvarez suited up as the Orioles’ primary designated hitter and part-time third baseman in 2016. His defense is sub-par, to say the least, but he batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 home runs for Baltimore in 2016.

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