Clemens finishes strong in last minor league outing

Updated: June 17, 2006, 2:39 PM ET
Associated Press

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- It was a rough start and solid finish for The Rocket.

Next stop: Houston.

Pitching for the Triple-A Round Rock Express in the final tuneup before his return to the Astros, Roger Clemens gave up three runs on three hits in the first inning before settling into a big-league groove Friday night against the New Orleans Zephyrs.

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner also walked three and faced nine batters in the first, throwing 41 pitches before retiring the next ...

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