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Roger Clemens to sign with the Sugar Land Skeeters

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SUGAR LAND, Texas (FOX 26) -

Sugar Land Skeeters president Matt O'Brien and Roger Clemens' agent Randy Hendricks told FOX 26 Sports that Clemens worked out for the Skeeters today and will sign with the team.

Hendricks and O'Brien told FOX 26 that Clemens will start for the Skeeters this Saturday, Aug. 25, in Sugar Land.

Clemens will be in uniform on Friday for the first time with the Skeeters after he officialy signs his contract.

"We just have a few finer points of the agreement to hammer out," O'Brien said.

"After watching him pitch today I'd sign him to a long-term contract, but at this point we're talking about a day-by-day with Roger. I think that age-old baseball quotation is 'we'll take it one game at a time.' "

Former Astros president Tal Smith, now a consultant with the Skeeters, watched Clemens work out at Constellation Field, home of the Skeeters.

"Surprisingly good," Smith said. "I guess I didn't really have any doubts knowing his work ethic.

"He's in incredible shape. He threw to hitters and then threw to hitters under game conditions. He threw very well. His mechanics are great."

Astros bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte, who is a close friend of Clemens, caught Clemens' workout for the Skeeters.

"He's in such great shape, it's ridiculous," Bracamonte said. "He's the same guy he was before.

"He is nasty. His split is good. He still has life. He was throwing in the high 80s."

Bracamonte said Clemens went through his usual routine before throwing in game situations during the workout.

"He ran three miles, threw a bullpen and threw batting practice," Bracamonte said. "He had a lot of movement on the ball. To me he is still the same."

O'Brien said it made sense for the Skeeters to do a deal with Clemens.

"After seeing Roger pitch tell me why you wouldn't sign him to your club?" O'Brien said.

MLB sources confirm Mike Elias, Astros director of scouting, was also at Clemens' workout.

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