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Clemens flies home on heels of investigation

KISSIMMEE — Roger Clemens was a no-show when Astros minor-leaguers went through their usual drills at spring training Friday.

The Rocket flew home to Houston instead of working with the young prospects for a third straight day, said his oldest son, Koby, a catcher in the Astros' system.

Clemens departed the day after the FBI said it opened an investigation into whether he lied in sworn testimony about steroids.

Astros owner Drayton McLane said he will honor Clemens' 10-year personal services contract despite the FBI's decision. McLane said reports that he was reconsidering Clemens' contract because of his legal issues were "overstated."

BLUE JAYS: Roy Halladay gave up a run and three hits in two innings, throwing 19 of his 27 pitches for strikes. "The first couple of times out are always difficult," Halladay said. "Overall, we accomplished what we wanted."

MARLINS: Sergio Mitre, the only right-hander assured of a spot in the rotation, was diagnosed with a forearm muscle strain a day after he left after facing three batters. Also, outfielder Cameron Maybin limped off with a tight left hamstring.

METS: Johan Santana gave up a three-run homer to Juan Gonzalez in the first inning of his debut with his new team. The Mets stood on the top step of the dugout for Santana when he took the mound to start the game, and fans chanted his name and cheered his every move. Santana, acquired from the Twins in the offseason, threw 30 pitches, 22 for strikes.

PHILLIES: J.D. Durbin, fighting for the No.5 spot in the rotation, was charged with two earned runs on five hits against the Pirates. "I know what he's got and I know how good he was for us at times last year, and of course that helps," manager Charlie Manuel told

RANGERS: Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan agreed to a four-year contract in his new role as team president, a job he accepted 3½ weeks ago. "That's the same length of time the president of the United States has his job," owner Tom Hicks said. "If he does a good job, he gets re-elected. I think there's a good chance Nolan will have a chance to get re-elected."

REDS: Shortstop Alex Gonzalez was diagnosed with a broken left knee and will be evaluated again in three weeks.

YANKEES: Broadcaster and former player Bobby Murcer is scheduled to get a brain biopsy Monday in Houston. Murcer, 61, had surgery on Dec. 28, 2006, four days after being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. An MRI exam Tuesday showed an area of concern, which could be scar tissue or another tumor.


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Clemens flies home on heels of investigation 02/29/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:21am]
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