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Frosted-tipped old pitcher Roger Clemens fared pretty well in his Sugar Land Skeeters debut last Saturday, throwing 3.1 innings of shutout ball and striking out two before exiting, and speculation remains that the Astros are hoping to get the 50-year-old in a game or two before their sorry, miserable season comes to a close.


Clemens, for his part, appears ready to take another step in his comeback. A source close to the Skeeters tells Deadspin that Clemens has already penciled in September 7 as his next (and final?) start for the club. That would represent a 12-game rest in between starts, and there's only 13 games left in Sugar Land's season after that. Our source also tell us that Clemens has already bought 100 tickets for family and friends for the Sept. 7 game against the Long Island Ducks, similar to what he did last weekend.

The Astros, 27th in average home attendance, could sure use their own bump in ticket sales, you know, so long as it's not a "publicity stunt" or anything.

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