From his frosted-blond hair to his stunning statistics, Roger Clemens refuses to act his age.
Clemens (11-4) earned his 339th career win and lowered the majors' best ERA to 1.38 with seven outstanding innings in the first appearance of his career in San Francisco, an 8-1 win over the Giants. He allowed an unearned run in the first but didn't let another runner reach third base while improving to 7-1 with a 1.19 ERA in his last 11 starts.
The seven-time Cy Young Award winner gave up six hits and two walks while striking out four. He has allowed just three earned runs in 73 innings on the road this season for a 0.38 ERA -- the lowest for a pitcher through his first 11 road starts since at least 1961, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
These are absurd numbers for a pitcher who briefly retired after the 2003 season and nearly did again after last season, but Clemens hasn't slowed down. He has allowed more than two earned runs just twice all season.
"He has pitched absolutely brilliant baseball," Houston Manager Phil Garner said. "He should not have lost a game this year, basically."
* CONGRESSIONAL INTERVENTION?: A member of the House committee that held hearings on steroid use in March says Congress may feel compelled to get involved in testing major league players for banned substances.
"At this point I think [the chances are] getting better and better because of baseball's inability to police their own players," Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) said Saturday on the ESPN program "Outside the Lines."
The House Government Reform Committee won Rafael Palmeiro's permission last week to obtain documents from Major League Baseball about the steroid test that led to his suspension. That information will be used to investigate whether Palmeiro committed perjury.
"I think [Commissioner] Bud Selig and the players' association as well should allow us to have full disclosure when it comes to this matter, and all of these drug testing matters," McHenry said. "It's important to the integrity of the game."
-- From News Services