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Clemens Says He Won’t Pitch For Astros Now

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Roger Clemens of the Sugar Land Skeeters pitches in the first inning against the Camden Riversharks on August 25, 2012 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. (credit: Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (CBS SPORTS) - Will Roger Clemens make a start for the Astros this season? Team owner Jim Crane says it’s still possible, the AP reports. Clemens, however, says it won’t happen.

Crane says the team would not start Clemens against a contending team, which, as the AP points out, means that the week-long homestand that begins Monday and features games against the Cubs and Phillies would present the only opportunity.

But Clemens has no desire to test his mettle against an also-ran. “Why would I want to waste my time running around and getting in shape?” Clemens told Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston. “I get over to Minute Maid, 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,” Clemens added.

Clemens went on to say he’ll attend spring training with the Astros in a coaching capacity. While that may turn out to be the case, it would be hardly surprising if Clemens aired it out next spring with an eye toward making a return. The 50-year-old Clemens has made two scoreless starts for the independent-league Sugar Land Skeeters this season, but he hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2007.

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