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MLB roundup: Clemens to pitch for Atlantic League team

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Roger Clemens hasn't said much since his most recent victory in the courtroom, but he's planning to make another statement on the baseball field this weekend.

Clemens, according to FOX 26 in Houston, signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters and will start Saturday's game for the independent Atlantic League team.

The 50-year-old was acquitted of perjury charges in a federal case in June. The unanimous verdict vindicated Clemens, who hasn't pitched since 2007.

In a workout Monday, Clemens hit 87 miles per hour on the radar gun, according to the team.

--- The Boston Red Sox have fired Bob McClure as pitching coach and named Randy Niemann to fill the role for the rest of the season, the team announced Monday.

The Red Sox rank 11th of 14 team in the SAmerican League in earned-run average at 4.30.

McClure, 60, did not last one full season with the Red Sox. He was named Boston's pitching coach in December 2011 after being the Royals pitching coach for six seasons.

Niemann, 56, has served as Boston's assistant pitching coach in 2012, his first season in the Red Sox organization

--- The Oakland A's activated left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson from the 60-day disabled list on Monday, and he is scheduled to make his first start of the season on Tuesday against Minnesota.

Anderson had Tommy John surgery performed on his left elbow on July 14,2011, and he has not pitched in a major-league game since June 5, 2011. He has made six appearances, including five starts, for Triple-A Sacramento in his rehab assignment. He was 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA.

The A's also optioned right-handed pitcher Dan Straily to Triple-A Sacramento and designated catcher Anthony Recker for assignment. Straily went 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts.

--- The Boston Red Sox announced Monday that outfielder Carl Crawford will have Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on Thursday.

An ESPN.com report on Sunday said Crawford would have the Tommy John surgery, but general manager Ben Cherington had said then that a decision would not be made until Monday.

Crawford will miss the rest of the season after hitting .282 and three homers in just 31 games for the Red Sox in 2012.

---New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was arrested for driving under the influence on on Monday in Tampa, Fla., a police spokesperson told MLB.com.

Pineda was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and released on $500 bond.

Pineda, 23, has been rehabbing in Tampa after having surgery in April to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder. He has not pitched for the Yankees since being acquired in January from the Seattle Mariners.

The Yankees are hoping he will be ready for Spring Training in 2013.

--- The Minnesota Twins jettisoned two players on Monday, outrighting pitcher Nick Blackburn and infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Triple-A Rochester.

Blackburn went 4-9 with a 7.39 ERA in 98 2/3 innings, spanning 19 start.

Nishioka has been a bust for the Twins since signing as a free agent before the 2011 season. He played in three games in 2012, going 0-for-12.

---The San Diego Padres have requested unconditional release waivers on infielder Jason Bartlett. Bartlett, 32, was placed on the disabled list on May 17 with a strained right knee and transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June 7. In 29 games for the Padres this year, he hit .133.

---The Pirates have recalled right-handed pitcher Kyle McPherson and left-handed pitcher Justin Wilson from Triple-A Indianapolis. Neither has any major-league experience.

The Pirates also designated for assignment pitcher Juan Cruz and have placed infielder Jordy Mercer on the paternity leave list.
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