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Clemens pitches well at age 50 for Sugar Land Skeeters; next start on Sept 7


Roger Clemens (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

“The Rocket” Roger Clemens thinks he can make a comeback to Major League Baseball.

Pitching for the first time in 5 years, the 50-year-old Clemens threw 3.1 scoreless innings last Saturday night for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Independent Atlantic League.

Clemens pitched against the Bridgeport Bluefish and allowed one hit without a walk and threw 37 pitches. He struck out former MLB outfielder Joey Gathright to start the game.

The fireballer’s next start will be on September 7 for the Skeeters.

Clemens has Hall of Fame numbers no doubt, 354 wins 184 losses, a 3.12 ERA with 4,672 strikeouts. He pitched for Boston, Toronto, the Yankees twice and Houston.

Clemens was an 11-time All-Star, 2-time All-Star, with 7 Cy Young Awards and was named to the MLB All-Century team.


Info compiled from Radio, TV & MLB news

Spurs point guard Ford retires due to recurring injuries


T.J. Ford with Indiana Pacers in 2009 (photo by CT Snow from Hsinchi, Taiwan via wikipedia commons)

The San Antonio Spurs were shocked earlier in the week when their backup point guard, T.J. Ford, after playing just 14 games, abruptly retired at the age of 28.

The former Texas Longhorns star’s recently had his spine surgically repaired and did not want to risk anymore injuries. That injury at one time sidelined him for an entire NBA season.

Terrance Jerod Ford had a big year for Texas in 2003 winning several player of the year awards: Naismith, John Wooden, Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News. He was a Longhorns basketball player from 2001-2003.

He had his #11 jersey retired by the university. Ford is one of only four in the school’s history to have be so honored; Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams in football and Roger Clemens in baseball.

The Houston native was a 2003 NBA Draft first round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks, 8th overall.

The 6’0, 165-pound guard also played with Indiana in the NBA. He also found time to play in Croatia during the NBA lockout.

His career totals includes 4,797 points (11.2 ppg), 1,331 rebounds and 2,495 assists.


Info compiled from San Antonio Spurs, NBA, Radio & TV news

Ubaldo Jimenez beats another ace pitcher in upping record to 13-1

compiled from staff and wire reports

Ubaldo Jimenez is making older baseball fans remember the days of Juan Marichal, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Gaylord Perry and Tom Seaver.

The impressive start of his to the 2010 season is that he continually beats the opposition’s best pitcher or staff “ace” in this case. Jimenez has beaten Roy Oswalt and Tim Lincecum and the Minnesota Twins’ Francisco Liriano wasn’t any competition either.

Ulbaldo Jimenez (Dick Johnson photo)

Jimenez allowed one run on eight hits in Colorado’s 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins, improving to 13-1 on the season, the best start by a pitcher since Roger Clemens went 14-0 in 1986.

Jimenez struck out four and walked two, dropping his earned run average to an unheard of 1.15 and improving to 10-0 when he takes to the mound after a Rockies loss this season.

The highly-publicized and anticipated matchup against Liriano (4-6) was basically over from the opening inning. Liriano allowed three runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in seven innings for the Twins. That wasn’t bad, but not good when facing a hot pitcher like Jimenez.

Jimenez became just the second pitcher in the last 80 years to win at least 13 of his first 14 starts, according to STATS LLC.Roger Clemens of Boston went 13-0 in 1986 and Lefty Grove also went 13-1 in 1932 for the Yankees.

MLB: Cain stops Reds offense; Wakefield knuckles down Indians

compiled from staff and wire reports


Matt Cain pitched a seven-hitter for his second shutout of the season, extending his recent run of dominance and chipped in with an RBI-single leading the San Francisco Giants to a Tuesday night 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Cain (5-4) shutdown the National League’s most prolific offense with only Brandon Phillips getting three of  Cincinnati’s hits. He went the distance for the third time this season. Cain has all of the Giants complete games.

Matt Cain (mlb)

Facing the number 1 lineup in the NL in one of the majors’ most homer-friendly ballparks, Cain was in control the whole way, handing Cincinnati only its fourth shutout of the season. Cain pitched only the 13th complete-game shutout in Great American Ballpark’s 8-year history.


* The Giants posted their sixth shutout of the 2010 season.

* Reds LHP Arthur Rhodes retired the two batters he faced, extending his scoreless-innings streak to 23-1-3, longest by a National League reliever this season.


43-year-old Tim Wakefield achieved an honor that wasn’t aware that he was pursuing, 2,777.

That number is in reference to the veteran knuckleballer becoming Boston’s all-time leader in innings pitched after leading the Red Sox past the Cleveland Indians 3-2 Tuesday night.

Wakefield (2-4) bounced back from two sub-par starts to pitch 7 1/3 strong innings. That total pushed his Boston totals to 2,777, one more than Roger Clemens worked in a Red Sox uniform.

Tim Wakefield (mlb)

Wakefield gave up four hits and one earned run, leaving after giving up a pinch-double to Travis Hafner, who had been 0 for 10 against the righthanded knuckleballer.

Last night was Wakefield’s 191st career win and his 177th in the American League, third behind Mike Mussina (218) and Andy Pettitte (199) since 1995.

The Red Sox have won 17 of 20 against Cleveland since trailing the Indians 3 games to 1 in the 2007 AL championship series, then rallying to win the pennant and the  World Series.