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5/8/2007
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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

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THE LAST TIME – ROGER CLEMENS EDITION
“Well this could be the last time
This could be the last time
Maybe the last time
I don’t know. Oh no. Oh no.”
Mick Jagger/Keith Richards – Rolling Stones, 1965

The last time Roger Clemens pitched for the Boston Red Sox was September 28, 1996 at Fenway Park against the New York Yankees. The Yankees won 6-4 with Clemens taking the loss and Ramiro Mendoza picking up the win. Kevin Kennedy managed the Red Sox to a third place finish while Joe Torre and the Yankees finished first in the AL East. Clemens pitched 7.2 innings giving up five hits, four walks and four runs. He struck out 10. The last batter he faced was Charlie Hayes who singled. Clemens finished the season 10-13 with an ERA of 3.63.

The last time Roger Clemens pitched for the Red Sox, in the post-season, was October 3, 1995 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland in Game 1 of the ALDS. Cleveland won the game, 5-4 in 13 innings and the series 3-0. Clemens pitched 7 innings giving up five hits, one walk and three runs. He struck out 5. The last batter he faced was Sandy Alomar who popped to third. Clemens finished this post-season season 0-0 with an ERA of 3.86.

The last time Roger Clemens pitched for the Red Sox he was 34 years old.

The last time Roger Clemens pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays was September 26, 1998 at Sky Dome against the Detroit Tigers. The Jays won 5-4 in 13 innings. Clemens was not involved in the decision. Bill Risley picked up the win, A.J. Sager took the loss. Tim Johnson was Clemens manager as the Jays finished third; Larry Parrish was the manager of the fifth-place Tigers. Clemens pitched eight innings giving up seven hits, two walks and four runs. He struck out 11. The last batter he faced was Luis Gonzalez who popped out. Clemens finished the season 20-6 with an ERA of 2.65.

The last time Roger Clemens pitched for the Blue Jays he was 36 years old.

The last time Roger Clemens pitched for the New York Yankees, in the regular season, was September 27, 2003 at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees won 6-2 with Clemens picking up the win and Jason Johnson taking the loss. Joe Torre managed the Yankees to a first place finish while Mike Hargrove and the Orioles finished fourth in the AL East. Clemens pitched 6 innings giving up three hits, three walks and two runs. He struck out 3. The last batter he faced was Tony Batista who lined out. Clemens finished the season 17-9 with an ERA of 3.91.

The last time Roger Clemens pitched for the New York Yankees, in the post-season, was October 22, 2003 at Pro Player Stadium in Florida against the Marlins in Game 4 of the World Series. Florida won the game, 4-3 in 12 innings and the Series 4-2. Clemens pitched 7 innings giving up eight hits, no walks and three runs. He struck out 5. The last batter he faced was Luis Castillo who was called out on strikes. Clemens record in the Series was 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA.

The last time Roger Clemens pitched for the Yankees he was 41 years old.

The last time Roger Clemens pitched for the Houston Astros, in the regular season, was September 29, 2006 at Turner Field against the Atlanta Braves. The Braves won 4-1 with Chuck James picking up the win and Clemens taking the loss. Phil Garner managed the Astros to a second place finish while Bobby Cox and the Braves finished third in the NL East. Clemens pitched 6 innings giving up six hits, no walks and two runs (one earned). He struck out 7. The last batter he faced was Adam LaRoche who struck out looking. Clemens finished the season 7-6 with an ERA of 2.30.

The last time Roger Clemens pitched for the Astros, in the post-season, was October 22, 2005 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago against the White Sox in Game 1 of the World Series. Chicago won the game, 5-3 and the Series 4-0. Clemens pitched 2 innings giving up four hits, no walks and three runs. He struck out 1. The last batter he faced was Podsednik who struck out. Clemens record in the Series was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA.

The last time Roger Clemens pitched for the Astros he was 44 years old.

The last time Roger Clemens won twenty games was in 2001 when he was 20-3 for the New York Yankees.

The last time Roger Clemens threw a complete game was August 23, 2005 while pitching for the Astros against the San Diego Padres at PetCo Park. Clemens lost 2-0 to Jake Peavy who also threw a complete game.

The last time Roger Clemens had more than one complete game in a season was in 1998 while pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays when he threw five.

The last time Roger Clemens tossed a shutout was July 30, 2003 while pitching for the Yankees in Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Clemens shutout the Angels, 8-0, giving up five hits and one walk while striking out five.

The last time Roger Clemens had more than one shutout in a season was in 1998 while pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays when he threw three.

The last time Roger Clemens threw over 200 innings was 2005 for the Houston Astros when he tossed 211.1.

The last time Roger Clemens had double digit losses was in 1999 when he was 14-10 for the New York Yankees.

The last time Roger Clemens finished his season under .500 was in 1996 when he was 10-13 for the Red Sox.

The last time Roger Clemens won the Cy Young Award was in 2004 for the Houston Astros.

The last time Roger Clemens won the MVP was in 1986 for the Boston Red Sox.

The last time Roger Clemens was an All-Star was in 2005 for the Astros.

The last time Roger Clemens won the ERA title was in 2005 for the Astros. The last time he won in the AL was in 1998 pitching for the Blue Jays.

The last time Roger Clemens led the league in wins was in 1998 when he 20-6 for the Blue Jays.

The last time Roger Clemens led the league in winning percentage was in 2004 while pitching for the Astros his record of 18-4 gave him a .818 winning percentage,

The last time Roger Clemens led the league in innings pitched was in 1997 when he threw 264 innings for the Toronto Blue Jays.

The last time Roger Clemens led the league in strikeouts was in 1998 for the Toronto Blue Jays when he struck out 271.

The last time Roger Clemens had a hit was September 20, 2006 playing for the Houston Astros and he doubled off of Bronson Arroyo of the Reds.

The last time Roger Clemens led the league in games started was in 1991 when he started 35 for the Red Sox.

The last time Roger Clemens retired from the Yankees, he pitched three more seasons for the Astros.

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