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Roger Clemens will not pitch for the Astros this season

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Roger Clemens has not called the Houston Astros about potentially pitching in a game for them this season and he told FOX 26 Sports he is not going to.

Team owner Jim Crane said on Monday he remains open to Clemens pitching in a game for his franchise this season, but only against teams that are not in playoff contention.

"I don't think we would consider that," Crane said. "If he did throw a game, it would not be against a contender."

Pitching against a contender is the only way Clemens would have had it, had he returned to the Astros this season.

"I can tell you right now and they would know too, that if I was going to go do it, I am going to pitch against a contender, that's who I want to knock out," Clemens said.

"Why would I want to waste my time running around and getting in shape. I get over to Minute Maid (Park), I'll crank it up and get it over 90 for a contender. We'll knock them right out of the playoffs. That would be the fun. Pitching against somebody that's not in contention wouldn't be any fun for me.

"It's not going to happen."

This week the Astros are playing the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies, who are not contenders.

They get the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals later this month. Both of them are still in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Clemens is content to end his return to professional baseball this season at age 50 with his two successful starts for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League.

He said he looks forward to helping the Astros in a coaching capacity during spring training.

"I'm going to enjoy the rest of the summer, watch some football, football is getting cranked up," Clemens said. "Jim (Crane) wants me to come to spring training. I'll put the uniform on and we'll get after it, because we need to take one more big step forward over there and get these guys ready."

Clemens still has a personal services contract with the Astros.

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