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Roger Clemens Trial Set to Begin on Wednesday

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.)-- Opening arguments for the trial for seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens have been pushed back to Wednesday, as the jury selection process is taking longer than expected.

Jury selection began on Wednesday, July 6, when Judge Reggie Walton went over an 82-page questionnaire with the first of two pools of 50 potential jurors, according to MLB.com.

The defense may be bolstered after indications that Walton may limit questions to Clemens' former teammates about injections of performance enhancing drugs they received from former Yankee trainer Brian McNamee, the government's star witness in the case.

Walton said he is not likely to allow prosecutors to question Clemens' former Yankee teammates Chuck Knoblauch, Mike Stanton and Andy Pettitte, on their receiving injections of steroids and performance enhancing drugs from McNamee. The men are expected to be called as witnesses by federal prosecutors in the trial, which is expected to last four to six weeks.

Clemens has said the injections were vitamin B12 and lidocaine. Walton said it may not be fair to Clemens to have the jury hear that all three of the teammates received performance enhancing drugs from McNamee.

Clemens was indicted in August on charges of obstruction of Congress, perjury and false statements as a result of testimony he gave to Congress in a Feb. 5, 2008 deposition regarding use of performance enhancing drugs, specifically steroids and human growth hormone, or HGH. The perjury charges arose from his Feb. 13, 2008 testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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