Astros sent scout to check out Clemens

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Houston Astros sent a scout to check out Roger Clemens,.

General manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday that the Astros also scouted lefty Scott Kazmir, now Clemens' teammate on the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. Clemens is to make his first start on Saturday at home against Bridgeport.

Luhnow said he wasn't sure whether Clemens was trying to make it back to the big leagues or just wanted to keep doing something he was very good at for a long time. Clemens earned about $160 million and won 354 games in a 24-year career with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros.

Interim Astros manager Tony DeFrancesco managed Clemens' son Koby at Triple-A Oklahoma City last season and said he repeatedly came across Clemens. DeFrancesco wasn't surprised Clemens still wants to pitch and believes Clemens is serious about making it back to the majors.