august 20, 2012 • 03:48 PM

Clemens returns to baseball at age 50

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens speaks to the media after he was found not guilty on all charges in his perjury trial at US District Court in Washington, DC, June 18, 2012. Clemens was found not guilty on three charges of making a false statement under oath, two charges of perjury and one count of obstruction of Congress. If convicted, Clemens could have faced 30 years in prison and a fine of USD 1.5 million.
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Rogers Clemens has signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and is expected to start for them on Saturday at home against Bridgeport.

The 50-year-old right-hander was acquitted in June of charges he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens hasn't played for a team since pitching for the Yankees in 2007. He is to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot going to voters late this year, but if he appeared in a major league game his Hall consideration would be pushed back five years.

Clemens' agent, Randy Hendricks, says the pitcher's "fastball was clocked at 87 mph." He added that Clemens and Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti have been talking about this "for months."

The signing was first reported by Houston television station KRIV.