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Clemens impressive in return to baseball

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SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) - Roger Clemens back on the mound at age 50, striking out hitters again.

He pitched three and a-third scoreless innings Saturday night for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.

He faced Bridgeport and fanned the first batter he faced, former major leaguer Joey Gathright. He struck out two, allowing one hit, no walks in his 37 pitches.

Clemens, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, who last pitched for the New York Yankees in 2007, worked a 1-2-3 first inning with two strikeouts.

His fastball was clocked at 88 mph.

The Rocket hasn't committed to playing more than one game for the Skeeters, but some believe this is the first step in an attempted return to the majors.

The Houston Astros, with nothing to lose but the worst record in the majors, sent a scout to the game.

If Clemens appears in a major league game, it will push back his appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot from the one going out late this year until 2017. 

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