Astros manager would welcome Clemens in clubhouse



NEW YORK (AP) — If the struggling Houston Astros want to bring back Roger Clemens, interim manager Tony DeFrancesco would welcome the 50-year-old pitcher into his inexperienced clubhouse.

Clemens is scheduled to start Saturday night for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League against Bridgeport. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner has hinted he might have more in mind, leading to speculation that he’s aiming at a another comeback with his hometown Astros.

General manager Jeff Luhnow said this week the last-place Astros sent a scout to look at Clemens and left-hander Scott Kazmir, who also plays for the Skeeters.

Two months ago, Clemens was acquitted of charges he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.