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) – To the surprise of almost no one, Roger Clemens is poised to carry on with what looks like his attempted return to the big leagues. Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston tweeted that Clemens will make a second start for the independent-league Sugar Land Skeeters on Friday, September 7.

This, of course, will ramp up speculation that Clemens is setting up a return to the Houston Astros, which, it should be noted, the Astros seem more than amenable to.

In his Skeeters debut, Clemens tossed 3 1/3 scoreless. While he lacked his characteristic velocity and movement and was facing a lineup that was far, far from major league quality, keeping runs off the board at age 50 is impressive enough. Still, there’s little reason to think that a 50-year-old who has not pitched in the bigs in five seasons is going to be able to tame the best hitters in the world. To put a finer point on it, should Clemens sign with Houston, he will likely be employed by the only team he could survive against on the mound.

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