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MLB roundup: Clemens may make just one start with independent team

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Roger Clemens is having fun preparing for his Saturday start for the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters, an independent team in the Atlantic League, and the 50-year-old said it might be a one-time appearance.

Clemens said his fastball has been between 84 and 87 miles per hour, and he "might" reach as high as 88 on Saturday.

"I've got aches and pains that I've never had before at this age, and when you ramp it up just a little bit, that's where it goes," Clemens told Ryen Russillo on ESPN Radio on Tuesday. "I'm not looking any further past Saturday."

Whether he makes a second appearance for the Skeeters could depend on how well he pitches Saturday.

"Here's my stance on it. I'm getting more ribbing at home from the boys than anybody, and friends and other guys who are playing ... they're getting a good laugh out of this," Clemens said. "If I don't do well, you can't expect another start for sure. Mufasa isn't ready to give up the kingdom just yet.

"If do well, I might have some bragging rights at home. So we'll see, we get this little one-on-one games when I throw batting practice, so we'll see what happens.

While he has been given a teaching/advisory role with the Houston Astros by owner Jim Crane, it doesn't sound as if Clemens has any designs of working toward a major-league pitching appearance. He's focused on his family, foundation and the role with the Astros.

"Being as active as I am, it keeps me young and like my mother and grandmother said, there's never going to be any grass growing beneath my feet. I'm going to stay moving."

---Outfielder Daniel Nava will be activated from the disabled list to replace Carl Crawford and be part of the platoon in left field with Crawford out for the season.

Crawford, scheduled for season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, hit .282 with 19 RBIs in 31 games.

Nava, 29, homered in a rehab assignment appearance Monday for Triple-A Pawtucket. He's been on the disabled list with a wrist injury.

Nava hit .251 in 65 games with the Red Sox this season with 17 doubles and 32 walks.

Pitcher Vicente Padilla was also activated from from the 15-day disabled list

--The White Sox are expected to place centerfielder and leadoff batter Alejandro De Aza on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique before Tuesday's game with the Yankees.

He's missed three games with abdominal and back stiffness.

Jordan Danks is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. The White Sox will use Danks and Dewayne Wise, who homered in Monday's win over the Yankees, in center field.

De Aza is batting .281 with 21 stolen bases in 111 games.

--Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez is regarded as one of the best pitchers in baseball. That means he'll be most expensive to re-sign when his contract expires at the end of the 2014 season.

But Hernandez was convincing in an interview with Sports Radio KJR on Tuesday in a spot that focused mostly on his recent perfect game. Hernandez said he had only one other no-hitter in his life at age 10.

"Seattle has been unbelievable," he said.

"I think we can win championships here in Seattle," Hernandez said. "...We're going the right direction."

Asked what the chances he'll sign before his contract expires, Hernandez said "You guys will be happy. I promise."

--- Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, began treatment for a brain tumor on Monday, the union announced Tuesday.

Weiner, 50, expects to make a full recovery, and he will continue to work during the treatment period, which is expected to last about a month.

--- Major-league umpire Jim Joyce may have saved the life of an Arizona Diamondbacks employee by administering CPR before Monday's game, CBSSports.com reported.

About 90 minutes before the game, Joyce, 56, and the other umpires were walking up the tunnel leading to the umpires' dressing room at the Diamondbacks stadium when they saw a woman on the ground having a seizure.

Joyce, who learned CPR in high school, began administering CPR and continued until paramedics and used a defibrillator to revive the woman.

--- Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco had his suspension reduced from three games to two, and he will serve the suspension Tuesday and Wednesday, the team announced Tuesday.

Mesoraco was suspended for making contact with home-plate umpire Chad Fairchild during a July 30 argument. He then appealed the suspension and continued playing until the league ruled on his appeal.

The Reds have recalled catcher Dioner Navarro from Triple-A Louisville and optioned reliever Logan Ondrusek to Louisville.

Mesoraco, a rookie, is batting .210 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 52 games.

--- The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled right-handed pitcher Sam Demel from Triple-A Reno. Demel, 26, was 1-4 with a 4.60 ERA in 51 relief appearances with the Aces in 2012.

---Designated hitter Luke Scott was activated from the disabled list by the Rays, who optioned Sean Rodriguez to Class AAA Durham.

Scott, who has a .225 batting average with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs, last played on July 20 when he suffered a strained oblique. He began a rehab assignment on Aug. 11, and saw time at first base while hitting .308 in eight games.

--- The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated right-handed pitcher Rubby De La Rosa from the 60-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Javy Guerra to Triple-A Albuquerque.

De La Rosa had been on the disabled list since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 9, 2011.

---The Oakland A's reinstated Seth Smith from the disabled list, and placed left-handed pitcher Jordan Norberto on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 18, with left shoulder tendinitis.

They also optioned second baseman Jemile Weeks to Triple-A Sacramento and designated pitcher Graham Godfrey for assignment.

Smith was placed on the 15-day disabled list August 3 with a strained left hamstring.

---The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned pitchers Justin Wilson and Kyle McPherson to Triple-A Indianapolis, and pitcher Chad Qualls has been reinstated from the bereavement list. Also, right-handed pitcher Daniel McCutchen was recalled from Indianapolis.

---The Chicago Cubs selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa and added left-handed pitcher Alex Hinshaw to the 25-man roster.

The team also optioned left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau and infielder Adrian Cardenas to Triple-A Iowa, and right-handed pitcher Matt Garza was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
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