Schilling pitches dare to Clemens

Baseball Notes

December 20, 2007

Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling called on Roger Clemens to give up the four Cy Young Awards he has won since 1997 if he can't clear his name after allegations that he used steroids to prolong and enhance his career.

"Just like I stated about Jose [Canseco], if that is the case with Roger, the four Cy Youngs should go to the rightful winners, and the numbers should go away if he cannot refute the accusations," Schilling wrote yesterday in his blog, 38pitches.com.

Clemens was the biggest name in the Mitchell Report released last week. Clemens has denied using performance-enhancing substances.

Mariners -- Free-agent pitcher Carlos Silva and Seattle are close to completing a four-year contract. A person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press the parameters of the deal were in place, and a formal announcement was expected this afternoon. Silva, 28, was 13-14 last season with a 4.19 ERA for the Twins.

Royals -- Left-handed reliever Ron Mahay and Kansas City reached agreement on a two-year, $8 million contract. Mahay was 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA last season.

Padres -- Catcher Michael Barrett and San Diego have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

Rockies -- Colorado agreed to a one-year, $3.1 million contract with right-hander Kip Wells, who was 7-17 with a 5.70 ERA for the Cardinals last season. Colorado also agreed to a one-year deal with left-hander Mark Redman.

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