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Roger Clemens goes three-plus scoreless for Sugar Land

Aug 25, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT

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Roger Clemens’ return to professional baseball Saturday night in suburban Houston went about as smoothly as such a thing can go.

The 50-year-old right-hander tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out two as the independent Sugar Land Skeeters played host to the Bridgeport Bluefish.

Clemens topped out at 88 mph with his fastball and threw 24 of his 37 pitches for strikes before exiting in the middle of the fourth inning to a standing ovation from the sold out crowd at Constellation Field.

Clemens plans to see how his body responds to the brief outing before deciding on a next course of action. Astros owner Jim Crane told a reporter earlier this week that he would be “open” to discussing a contract.

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the 2007 season.

  1. thatyankeedude - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Good for Clemens! Kinda cool to see the guy doing work at age 50.

    • cosanostra71 - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:37 AM

      honestly, I don’t like the guy, but good for him. Impressive to be out there at 50.

  2. beefytrout - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Is that shortstop 11 years old?

  3. tfbuckfutter - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    I hope he does pitch for Houston.

    And is immediately busted for juicing.

  4. yourrealitybites - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Loser. Cheater. By the way, who cares? Lard-ass loser.

  5. manchestermiracle - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    What is the point in this except a has-been trying to re-live his (cheating) youth? Clemens sucks. He was a fat-headed jerk in his prime and we all know his prime was juiced. And now he’s way past his prime. Why can’t he just slither off into the sunset? Screw that jackass.

  6. randygnyc - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    No way he’s back on steroids. The reason he’s attempting this comeback is to shake that perception (and restart the HOF clock). If there’s a chance he’d come up dirty, he’d be home in his rocking chair.

    • paperlions - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      Exactly, the entire point is to see if he can push his HOF clock back 5 more years.

  7. dawgpoundmember - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    yeah its obvious he wants to pitch to push his HoF voting eligibility back which is understandable

    i dont care to see one of the most dominate pitches try to pitch well past his prime just to win a game at 50 years of age or older

    but what doping would help a pitcher who didnt throw high 90s heat, kinda honest question

  8. randygnyc - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Doping can help anyone who needs strength and endurance.

  9. bengalwaco - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Good for him. Many unhappy people in this world….and posting here tonight.

    • paperlions - Aug 26, 2012 at 7:26 AM

      The guy is one of the best pitchers of all time….how do you thing “good for him” when he puts on a narcissistic display that couldn’t possibly scream “hey everybody, look at me” any louder by pitching a few innings for an independent league (which is probably equivalent in talent to low A ball?

      It’s like saying “good for him” about Lance Armstrong if he wins the Tour de De Moines.

      • bleedgreen - Aug 26, 2012 at 7:44 AM

        Nobody gave Jamie Moyer any shit for pitching at his age, despite clearly not having anymore. This whole thing is because he’s seen as a scumbag and Moyer is a ‘nice guy’.

      • paperlions - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        No, it is because one was a guy trying to play baseball as long as he could (Moyer), and the other was doing it for show (Clemens).

        Clemens isn’t a scum bag. He’s a narcissistic, lying, selfish, jerk….but I don’t think he’s a….wait, didn’t he have an affair with a teenage country singer? Yeah, that’s right…he had a 10 year affair starting when she was 15 and he was married with 2 kids….then he also threw his wife under the bus to try to avoid jail (or being honest) about using HGH. You are right he is a scumbag.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        paper champion acts as if he knows Clemens personally, well brother you dont so stop pretending. This guy is a role model and he was always available to the media and he was loved by his teammates (just check how many came to his defense at the trial a-hole!!). The only scumbag with no life that i see here is you paper champion, along with cur and proudly. Time to turn the computer off for a little bit and have an actual life

      • paperlions - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        Really, you are defending a guy that cheated on his wife for 10 years…..and did so with a 15 year old?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM

        paper champion all we know is what the media told you, that doesnt make it all true and maybe (doubtful) you will grow up one day and realize the media isnt always right. But what we do know is he was a class act in a pitcher and was open to the media and was a real champion. That can never be denied by anyone unless you are a pathetic hater like yourself. Case closed

  10. pisano - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Hey, maybe the Dodgers will sign him, hell they’ve signed just about everyone in the last month.

  11. dondada10 - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    I find it hard to root for Clemens getting his HOF clock set back.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      I find it hard to agree with people who turned a blind eye during the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s and now have suddenly found a moral high ground. Yeah…hypocrites!

  12. fuddpucker - Aug 26, 2012 at 5:40 AM

    This guy is as slimy as they get.

  13. astrosfan75956 - Aug 26, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    Let’s go Rocket!

  14. astrosfan75956 - Aug 26, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    Let’s go Rocket!

  15. foxburgh - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Only proves this country has a jock strap mentality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. j0esixpack - Aug 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Roger is a d!ck, and while I know he’s just trying to restart his HOF clock (with the help of the Astros presumably) 88 mph in his first stretch out game is impressive for a pitcher of any age, let alone a 50 yr old.

  17. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Not impressed in the least when Spaceman is still out their throwing complete games

  18. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Great job Rocket!! Hope you make it back to the bigs one last time!! Best pitcher there is, the best there was and the best there will ever be!!

  19. packhawk04 - Aug 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    If you think its impressive that hes out there, fine. If youre a clemens fan and you want to see him pitch again, fine. But for the love of all that is holy, PLEASE dont talk like this guy is anything but an absolute disgrace to people everywhere. There is no lesser human than clemens.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      And we are basing this on what exactly? He beat your pathetic mets in the world series? he proved the redsuks wrong? I mean come on talk about a empty statement!! He didnt kill anyone, and he went to court and proved that he was right and that mcliar was exactly that. I know you think everything the media reports is 100% true, maybe someday you and paper champion will grow up and be able to see thats not even close to being true but i wont hold my breath on that

  20. seahawk8 - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Minor league game.. big deal… this gyu is praying to come back big so he can say see…. it wasnt steroids,,, he’ll commit suicide if he doesnt get inti the hall

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