Tejada due in federal court in steroids case

February 11, 2009 5:12:20 AM PST
The Houston Astros' Miguel Tejada is expected to plead guilty today to charges of lying to Congress about performance enhancing drugs. The charges against the All-Star shortstop were outlined in documents filed yesterday in federal court in Washington.

Tejada denied knowledge of an ex-teammate's use of performance-enhancing drugs. Officials say Tejada bought what he believed to be human growth hormone from the player. He was not under oath when he made the claim.

Court documents indicate that a plea agreement has been reached with the 2002 American League Most Valuable Player.

The papers were filed a day after superstar Alex Rodriguez acknowledged past use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Tejada faces as much as a year in jail, but under federal guidelines, he would probably receive a lighter sentence.

After today's court appearance, he'll fly back to Houston for a news conference with the team.

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