AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) _ Rogers Clemens has signed with the Sugar Land
Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and is expected to
start for them on Saturday at home against Bridgeport.

The 50-year-old right-hander was acquitted in June of charges he
lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens hasn’t played for a team since pitching for the Yankees
in 2007. He is to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot going to voters
late this year, but if he appeared in a major league game his Hall
consideration would be pushed back five years.

Clemens’ agent, Randy Hendricks, says the pitcher’s “fastball
was clocked at 87 mph.” He added that Clemens and Skeeters manager
Gary Gaetti have been talking about this “for months.”

The signing was first reported by Houston television station
AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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