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Clemens' elbow tightens up during loss to Mariners

NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens got banged up by the Seattle
Mariners, and then quickly left the clubhouse after the Yankees'
7-1 loss on Monday to get an MRI exam on his balky right elbow.

The 45-year-old Clemens, who allowed five runs and eight hits in
four innings to lose for the first time since July 28 at Baltimore,
felt his elbow tighten up during the game, manager Joe Torre said.

"First three innings it was a manageable situation for him and
then it started to tighten up," Torre said. "Hopefully it's just
something that needs a little rest."

Torre was noncommittal about whether Clemens would remain on
schedule in the rotation. His next start would likely be Sunday at
Kansas City.

"For safety sake, we may skip a turn but it all depends on what
the tests show," Torre said.

Clemens, who was already gone before the clubhouse opened, was
unavailable to comment.

Clemens fell to 6-6 with a 4.45 ERA in 16 starts this season. He
also pitched an inning out of the bullpen at San Francisco on June
24.

He leads all active players with 354 wins, which is also eighth on
the all-time list.