Roger Clemens will miss his start today because of a sore left hamstring when wild-card leader Houston plays the Chicago Cubs.
Clemens, who tweaked the hamstring in his Sept. 3 start, is day to day. Astros manager Phil Garner said he doesn’t expect him to miss any other starts.
“He needs to take the start (off),” Garner said after the Astros’ 5-4 loss to the Cubs on Friday. “It is what it is.”
Ezequiel Astacio will start in Clemens’ place against the Cubs.
Martinez may be done
A “banged up” Pedro Martinez probably will be shut down for the rest of the season, New York Mets manager Willie Randolph said.
Martinez is next set to start Tuesday, and Randolph said: “If we’re mathematically eliminated by then, then he definitely won’t pitch.”
Martinez is 15-8 with a 2.82 ERA this season.
Clearing the bases
Boston closer Keith Foulke is done for the year, victimized by two painful knees. … Washington outfielder Jose Guillen was suspended for one game and fined for throwing a tantrum earlier this month during a game against the Mets. … Arizona’s Bank One Ballpark was renamed Chase Field. … Washington pitcher Tony Armas Jr. will have arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder. … Detroit activated shortstop Carlos Guillen from the 15-day DL.
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