|Roger Clemens returned to the mound on Saturday night in Sugar Land, Texas. (Associated Press)|
Roger Clemens's return to the mound was a success, as he tossed 3.1 scoreless innings for the independent-league Sugar Land Skeeters on Saturday night.
Facing Bridgeport Bluefish lineup that featured former major-leaguer Joey Gathright, Clemens logged 37 pitches, struck out two, walked none and gave up one hit. His fastball clocked in the high 80s for most of his outing, although it lacked movement. Clemens was also aided by the opposing lineup's lack of selectivity, as major-league hitters likely wouldn't have bitten on a number of his pitches outside the zone.
Still, given that Clemens is 50 years age and given that this was his first appearance in organized baseball in almost five years, it's impressive.
Clemens's spotless night will no doubt ramp up talk that he's angling for a return to the big leagues. To that end, the Astros and Royals were on hand to scout the big right-hander, USA Today reports.
More specifically, speculation abounds -- speculation helped along by Jim Crane himself -- that Clemens will soon rejoin the Astros.