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MLB notes: Clemens' next start will have son catching

Sugar Land Skeeters Roger Clemens during a baseball game against the Bridgeport Bluefish Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Sugar Land, Texas. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, signed with the Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League this week. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Sugar Land Skeeters Roger Clemens during a baseball game against the Bridgeport Bluefish Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Sugar Land, Texas. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, signed with the Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League this week. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) ASSOCIATED PRESS

Roger Clemens will pitch to his oldest son Friday when he makes his second start for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner said having Koby Clemens as his catcher in an Atlantic League game against Long Island is "cool stuff."

"Having Koby, my oldest son, back there to catch a game will be great," he said.

The 50-year-old Clemens threw 31⁄3 scoreless innings for Sugar Land on Aug. 25 in his first professional outing since 2007.

Father and son played alongside each other in 2006 when Koby was a third baseman for the Lexington Legends and Roger joined the team for a rehab assignment.

Koby spent the 2012 season in the Toronto Blue Jays' organization, which allowed him to play with Sugar Land to catch his father.

He thanked the Toronto organization "for allowing me this opportunity to catch my pops in what should be a fun-filled event in Sugar Land."

Difference at the top?

Cleveland Indians Manager Manny Acta shrugged off comments by closer Chris Perez about the way the team has been run, saying he cares more about how the right-hander performs in the ninth inning.

Perez was quoted in a foxsports.com report, saying the difference between the Indians and Detroit Tigers is "different owners." He said Tigers owner Mike Ilitch is spending money, and "he's got a team to show for it."

Acta says that's Perez's opinion, and he doesn't have anything to add to it.

Two more starts for Strasburg

A day after announcing that Stephen Strasburg will start only twice more this season, Washington manager Davey Johnson met with the star right-hander to explain the decision.

Strasburg, who is 15-6 with a 2.94 ERA and leads the National League with 195 strikeouts, had Tommy John surgery to replace an elbow ligament two years ago.

"I'm not sure any of us understand," Johnson said. "But it's the right thing to do."

The Nationals enter Monday with the best record in the majors and lead the NL East by 6 1-2 games over Atlanta.

Short hops

 Angels ace Jered Weaver has returned to Southern California for further examination of his bruised right arm and will likely miss his next start Friday against Detroit. Weaver is 16-4 with a 2.86 ERA.

 Dodgers No. 2 starter Chad Billingsley will miss the rest of the season after being put on the 60-day disabled list with elbow pain.

 Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine says he wasn't serious when he threatened to "punch" a radio talk-show host in the mouth. Valentine says he made it clear he was kidding when he made the comment Wednesday during an interview on Boston station WEEI. Host Glenn Ordway, sighting a newspaper report that Valentine arrived later than normal for a game last week in Oakland, asked if Valentine had "checked out" for the season.

Valentine said that was "an embarrassing thing to say" and he would punch Ordway in the mouth if he were there. Then the manager said, "Ha, ha."

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