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Clemens May Not Pitch Until June Because Of Shoulder Strain

Associated Press

Roger Clemens may not pitch until June, the Boston Red Sox found out Saturday.

Clemens has a muscle strain in his shoulder, the Red Sox learned after the three-time Cy Young winner was examined in Boston.

Team doctor Arthur Pappas said it might be a month before Clemens can start throwing again at game speed. After that, he’ll need at least three weeks to get ready.

Pappas, however, did not find any damage that appeared career-threatening.

“I guess that’s the good news,” manager Kevin Kennedy said.

Clemens has started every Red Sox opener since his contract holdout in 1987, when Bob Stanley pitched in his place. Aaron Sele will now start for Boston when it opens the season Wednesday at home against Minnesota.

M’s win home run derby

Barry Bonds hit his fifth home run of the spring but Joey Cora, Mike Blowers and Edgar Martinez slugged homers for Seattle as the Mariners won, 5-3, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Bonds connected for a two-run shot against Mariners ace Randy Johnson.

“I’m ready to start the season,” said Bonds, batting .455 with 10 RBIs in exhibition play.

Bonds has hit safely in nine of the Giants 10 games, including eight in a row.

Dax Jones homered on Johnson’s first pitch of the game.

All the Mariners homers were solo shots.

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