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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Welcome back Rocket; now you better win

So Roger Clemens is once again a Houston Astro. Now, for all the money ($3.5 million per month roughly), he better produce.

And here's why: Clemens is set to rejoin the Astros on June 22 at home against Minnesota. That's a month and change earlier than the nonwaiver trade deadline. Therefore, Clemens better be as good, if not better, than he was last season.

The Astros already are 6 1/2 games behind St. Louis and enter the games of May 31 3 1/2 games out of the wild card. Certainly those are smaller deficits than they faced last season at this time.

But, this is going to be the one acquisition GM Tim Purpura can make because of the money involved and the only way it will be deemed a success is if the Astros are again playing the next to last week in October against an AL team.


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