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Roger Clemens tosses four-plus scoreless innings for Sugar Land Skeeters

Sep 7, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

Roger Clemens  and son Koby walk on the field prior to the Sugar Land Skeeters game against the Long Island Ducks Reuters

UPDATE: Per Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Clemens told ESPN after his outing that he “would listen” if Astros owner Jim Crane calls, but doesn’t think he’s close to pitching in an MLB game.

10:01 PM: With his son Koby behind the plate, Roger Clemens tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings tonight against the Long Island Ducks in his second start with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters.

Clemens gave up just two hits — both singles — while striking out one and walking none. The 50-year-old right-hander retired the first two hitters he faced in the fifth before hugging his son and leaving to a standing ovation at Constellation Field. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com notes that he sat mostly in the 86-88 mph range with his fastball while Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports that he threw 33 out of 54 pitches for strikes.

Clemens tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his first start with the Skeeters on August 25 and topped out at 88 mph. While the Astros were expected to have a scout in attendance for tonight’s outing, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner said earlier this week that he’s “just having fun” and doesn’t expect to pitch in the big leagues this year.

  1. randygnyc - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    I have no opinion either way about whether he should, or not, but he’s coming to Houston this year, for sure, IMO.

  2. ningenito78 - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Hey the dudes 50. It may be WWFish but I want to see him face some major league hitters. You just know this guy believes his own lies so much he wants to ‘show the world’ he didn’t need PEDs. That being said I think push comes to shove he doesn’t reset the HOF clock. Too close now.

    • Old Gator - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      What does the World Wildlife Federation have to do with this, other than maybe the ridiculously high salaries it turned out that they were paying to their board members?

  3. vegagreenleaf - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Who cares…

  4. vegagreenleaf - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Who cares? If he makes the bigs, I’ll start to care. Maybe…

  5. crisisjunky - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Make no mistake… Rocket’s comin’ after Moyer and Jack Quinn…
    next up in 2019 : Satchel……he’s .like Voyager lll

    • Old Gator - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      More like Veeger I.

  6. bbil2012 - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Has anyone heard from Suzyn Waldman yet today? In case she had seen some video of father and son hugging on the field, I’m concerned what condition she could be in.

  7. metalhead65 - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    the only thing it proves is he can beat a bunch of guys who are never going to see the big leagues and play because they love the game. if he plays for the astros it won’t matter either as they are the astros and the team he would pitch against would be the cubs. what would beating the cubs prove? no if he is to pitch again in the majors let it be against a real major league team so when he gets pounded it will show he is washed up and if it wasn’t for roids he would have been out of the majors a long time ago.

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