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Theater of the awkward

Mike Piazza and Roger Clemens makes a great subplot, but there won't be any All-Star fireworks in Houston.

Originally Published: July 7, 2004
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- There's no better way to induce a thousand-yard stare from Mike Piazza than to ask The Question about That Pitcher. Mention his past history with Roger Clemens, and Piazza's eyes glaze, his voice becomes as flat and slow as the month of August while he retreats to the safety of The Usual Answer:

It's over, he says.

That's the company line, even as the entire baseball industry remains obsessed with these star-crossed All-Stars. Will Clemens and Piazza peacefully co-exist ...

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