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.

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.