Roger Clemens returning to baseball

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Clemens earned $160 million and won 354 games in a 24-year career with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros. His 4,672 strikeouts are third-most and he was named to 11 All-Star games.

Now he will see what he has left for the Skeeters. He joins a roster that includes former major league pitchers Tim Redding and Scott Kazmir and Jason Lane, a teammate of Clemens‘ on Houston’s 2005 World Series team.

“That’s great, if he thinks he can do it,” Gardenhire said. “He worked harder than anybody I’ve ever seen. His routine and program, I don’t think too many people could stay with that. If he has continued to work out, he’s probably in good enough shape. (He’s) a big strong Texan.”

It isn’t clear how long Clemens will pitch for the Skeeters.

“This is a one-game-at-a-time thing,” Hendricks said. “Let’s see how he does on Saturday.”

Some in baseball weren’t quite as keen on the idea as Oswalt.

“He didn’t travel with the Astros half the time toward the end there,” Oakland pitcher Brett Anderson said. “I can’t imagine him traveling for the Sugar Land Skeeters. I’m sure they’ll draw a good crowd and it will be fun, but it’s kind of those things you read about it and you’re like: `What’s he doing?’”

Clemens is set to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot going to voters late this year. If he plays in another major league game, his Hall consideration would be pushed back five years.

Clemens was accused of using steroids and HGH in the Mitchell Report on drugs in baseball, something he denied. The Justice Department began an investigation concerning whether Clemens had lied under oath, and in 2010 a grand jury indicted him on two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress when he testified during a deposition and at a hearing that he never used any performance-enhancing drugs.

He was acquitted of all the charges on June 19 after a 10-week trial and has largely stayed out of the public spotlight until now.

“I think he’s going to come back and try to prove a lot of doubters wrong,” Oswalt said.

The signing was first reported by Houston television station KRIV.

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AP Sports Writers Ronald Blum, Stephen Hawkins, Rick Gano and Janie McCauley contributed to this report.

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