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“"I can tell you right now and they would know, too, that if I was going to go do it, I am going to pitch against a contender, that's who I want to knock out," Clemens told Houston television station KRIV. "Why would I want to waste my time running around and getting in shape. I get over to Minute Maid (Park), I'll crank it up and get it over 90 for a contender. We'll knock them right out of the playoffs. That would be the fun. Pitching against somebody that's not in contention wouldn't be any fun for me." "It's not going to happen." A message was left seeking comment from Clemens' agent, Randy Hendricks. Crane wouldn't say whether the team will reach out and try to entice Clemens to return to the majors for the first time since pitching for the Yankees in 2007. "We're just going to sit tight," Crane said. "We'll wait and see if he calls us, but we might call him, who knows?" According to the Elias Sports Bureau, if he does play for Houston, Clemens would become the seventh player in baseball history to play a game at age 50 or older. Satchel Paige and Jack Quinn are the only players ever to throw a pitch in their 50s. Clemens pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his first start for Sugar Land of the independent Atlantic League, and didn't allow a run in 4 2/3 innings in his second start Friday. When asked about pitching for Houston this season, Clemens said Friday he didn't see it happening because of the time it took him to recover from his first start. The Astros sent a scout to watch both of his outings. General manager Jeff Luhnow said he didn't have any new information on the subject. "Right now we have a six-man rotation and we've lined up that rotation for the rest of the year, so I'm not expecting any changes," he said. "The words that I've heard Roger say suggest that that's not front and center in his mind. At this point I'm not expecting it." Clemens earned $160 million and won 354 games in a 24-year career with the Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays and Astros. His 4,672 strikeouts are third-most and he was selected for 11 All-Star games. Clemens had two great seasons with the Astros after he turned 40, going 18-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 2004 to win his record seventh Cy Young Award. He was 13-8 with a career-low 1.87 ERA in 2005.
I can tell you right now and they would know too, that if I was going to go do it, I am going to pitch against a contender, that's who I want to knock out. ... I'll crank it up and get it over 90 for a contender. We'll knock them right out of the playoffs. That would be the fun. Pitching against somebody that's not in contention wouldn't be any fun for me.” -- Roger Clemens, to KRIV-TV in Houston