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Sunday, September 29, 2013
First Pitch: The Rocket Show

By Andrew Marchand

HOUSTON -- Since the Mitchell report came down in 2007, the New York Yankees have distanced themselves from Roger Clemens. No Old Timers' Day invitations, no big splashes about all of his accomplishments. It is almost as if they never happened. As if his 83 regular-season wins and two rings as a Yankees never occurred.

But on Sunday, Clemens will be center stage as Mariano Rivera receives the final parting gifts of his career. On Saturday, Andy Pettitte's career ended in dramatic style, pitching a complete game, five-hitter. On Thursday, Rivera had his magic moment in the Bronx. Clemens had similar goodbyes during the '03 Series before making all his comebacks.

On Sunday, it will all end for Rivera and Pettitte, as Clemens, joined by former Yankees manager Joe Torre, will present a painting to Rivera, among possible other gifts.

Up now: My news stories on Pettitte's night, Rivera's decision and Alex Rodriguez's plans to "get it on." Plus, Ian O'Connor's column on Pettitte and his career.

On deck: Yankees manager Joe Girardi will have his state of the union going into the offseason. Plus, the Yankees will start David Huff in an anti-climatic finale.

Question: Would you want Clemens to return for an Old Timers' Day next season?