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Clemens watch

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  July 31, 2006 11:15 AM

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If Roger Clemens isnít dealt by 4 p.m. today heíll likely remain with the Astros the remainder of the season. A source close to Clemens said today that Clemens would not ask to be traded even though his frustration level is through the roof following another rough day for the Astros, who blew a 5-1 lead and lost to the Diamondbacks 7-6 yesterday.

Clemens, who struck out nine and allowed just one run in seven innings, pitched brilliantly in a no-decision yesterday.

The source indicated that Clemens, who has a no trade clause in his contract, would not veto a trade to the Red Sox or Yankees.

According to Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle, Clemens recently asked owner Drayton McLane to make a deal to improve the team. The Astros have been trying to obtain Miguel Tejada and have put Roy Oswaltís name out there as well as possible trade bait.

Clemens wasnít pleased about being taken out of yesterdayís game after throwing only 90 pitches and feeling as if he could have pitched a complete game after striking out nine and walking none. He was pinch-hit for in the seventh inning with the Astros leading 5-1.

The Astros are seven games under .500 and six games out of the wild card race.

Think Clemens wishes he could make that decision between Houston and Boston over again?

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