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Clemens focusing on hamstring rehab, won't pitch until postseason

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Roger Clemens will remain in Florida
to continue his rehab program for a strained left hamstring while
the New York Yankees close out the regular season this weekend at
Baltimore.

Clemens was scratched from his start Tuesday at Tampa Bay, and
won't pitch for the remainder of the regular season. He worked out
at the Yankees' spring training complex Wednesday in nearby Tampa,
and is scheduled to stay at the facility through the weekend.

New York will conclude a three-game series at Tampa Bay on
Thursday before heading to Baltimore for a three-game set that
starts Friday.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Clemens could throw a
simulated game in Florida. The seven-time Cy Young winner and the
team are "confident" he will be ready to pitch next week.

"We're just giving it the time it needs," Cashman said of
Clemens' injury.

Clemens played catch in the outfield Wednesday. He is not
expected to work off a mound until this weekend at the earliest.

"He's probably going to go easy this week," Yankees manager
Joe Torre said.

Clemens tweaked his hamstring while running last Thursday. He
has pitched just once since Sept. 3, sidelined at first by a tender
right elbow that required two cortisone shots. The 45-year-old
right-hander pitched six innings at Boston on Sept. 16, allowing an
unearned run and two hits.