The Rocket will make just his third career start against the Dodgers when the Houston Astros try for a split of their six-game road trip.
A seven-time Cy Young Award winner, Clemens has never beaten the Dodgers, Astros and Atlanta in the regular season during his 22-year career, though he did beat the Braves in Game 4 of the 1999 World Series while with the New York Yankees.
Clemens, who turned 43 on Aug. 4, is enjoying one of his finest seasons, including sporting a major league-low 1.56 ERA. However, he has won just 11 of his 26 starts because the Astros have failed to supply him with much run support.
On Tuesday, the future Hall of Famer gave up five hits in his first complete game of the season, but suffered a 2-0 loss at San Diego. Houston was blanked for the 15th time, the seventh with Clemens on the mound.
“How stupid can it get?” Houston manager Phil Garner said. “You just keep getting shut out, it’s just stupid.”
Clemens fell to 6-2 with a 0.56 ERA in 12 road starts this season. He has allowed a total of five earned runs in 81 innings on the road.
The Dodgers will send Jeff Weaver, a teammate of Clemens with the Yankees from 2002-03, to the mound on Sunday. Weaver, who can match his career high with his 13th win, is 5-0 with a 4.36 ERA over his last eight starts.
The 29-year-old right-hander yielded three runs and six hits over eight-plus innings in an 8-3 win over Colorado on Tuesday. He missed a chance at his second complete game of the season as he was lifted after issuing a walk and a hit to start the ninth.
“My legs were a little heavy, but I was still hoping to get through that ninth inning,” Weaver said. “I just felt like if I made pitches in the zone, I would get some guys out.”
Houston remained 1 1/2 games behind NL wild card leader Philadelphia after an 8-3 loss on Saturday. Starter Roy Oswalt struggled, allowing five runs, five hits and three walks in the first inning.
The Astros have scored a total of nine runs in losing three of their last four games.
The Dodgers’ Jeff Kent reached a major milestone in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game as he became the first player to hit 300 homers as a second baseman. Kent has 325 homers during his 14-year career.
The Dodgers had lost their previous three games.