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Clemens Could Pitch for Astros This Season, Owner Crane Tells AP

Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Roger Clemens could pitch for the last-place Houston Astros this season at the age of 50, team owner Jim Crane told the Association Press.

“We haven’t heard from Roger, so that’s still up in the air,” Crane said about Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner who recently made two starts for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent minor league team outside Houston.

Crane told the AP that the Astros wouldn’t pitch Clemens, who made his last Major League Baseball appearance in 2007, against an opponent in playoff contention. Of the Astros’ 21 remaining games, 12 are at home, with games today and tomorrow against the Chicago Cubs followed by a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cubs and Phillies are both out of playoff contention, while the Astros’ final two home opponents this month -- the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers -- are seeking to make the postseason.

“We’re just going to sit tight,” Crane told the AP when asked if the Astros will pursue Clemens. “We’ll wait and see if he calls us, but we might call him, who knows?”

Clemens, an 11-time All-Star, pitched 3 1/3 shutout innings in his Atlantic League debut for Sugar Land on Aug. 25. Clemens followed that up with 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his second start on Sept. 7 and told reporters afterwards that he didn’t think he’d be able to pitch in the majors this season because of the time it takes him to recover between starts.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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