For weeks, the Yankees have insisted that they weren’t waiting for Roger Clemens to prop the team on his 44-year-old shoulders, like some pinstriped savior riding in from the outposts of Tampa, Trenton or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
All the Yankees desired, as Clemens journeyed to the big leagues and clicked the meter on a lucrative contract, was for him to slot as a productive member of their rotation, promising them a stable effort every fifth day.
Mission accomplished. Clemens’ Bronx relaunch was a success, as The Rocket notched a win in his first start of the season, pitching six innings in the Yankees’ 9-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
“It felt like old times,” Clemens said. “I’ve got to take a little deep breath now. I understand the excitement that’s there and the expectations that are there. There’s a lot of both.”
Clemens threw 108 pitches in the start, limiting the Pirates to three runs and five hits in helping the Yankees extend their winning streak to a season-high five games. New York is now two games under .500 at 29-31 and had been showing signs of renewal even before Clemens jazzed things up.
Five and counting…
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- Joba and Kennedy promoted, Clemens strong
- Yanks win in 10
- Welcome to the Party, Pal – Roger Clemens Rejoins Yankees
- Rocket Roger Watches the Yankees
- Wang dominates the White Sox
- Pittsburgh Sports Fan in Non-Football Season
- Our Long National Nightmare is Over
- Busy Yankee game: Rocket dominates, benches clear and Joba debuts
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- Lydia Ko wins New South Wales Open
- The Comeback I- Pittsburgh Penguins beat NY Islanders 5-0
- Seattle Mariners Outfielder Greg Halman stabbed to death at age 24
- Hee Young Park wins CME Titleholders Championship
- Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball Coach Kurt Budke dead at 50
- Costly mistake- Blackhawks waive Rostislav Olesz
- Manager Tony La Russa announces retirement
- Puck Drop- Florida Panthers start the 2011-12 NHL season
- 13-time PGA Tour winner Dave Hill dead at 74
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