Roger Clemens’ son set to make Major League debut with Detroit Tigers

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DETROIT — Kody Clemens, the 26-year-old son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, was brought up by the Detroit Tigers on Monday for a possible major league debut.

Roger Clemens was planning to be at Comerica Park on Tuesday when his son could make his debut.

“He’s scrambling and trying to figure out when he’s going to fly here,” Kody Clemens said after Detroit’s 7-5 win Monday. “He loved him. He was like, ‘You’re a big leaguer, kid.’

Roger Clemens holds his son, Kody (7), during a press conference in 2004.

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“Obviously I’m trying to create my own career path here, but wearing his number is awesome,” Kody Clemens said. “Fortunately, we always say I’m happy to be a hitter, not a pitcher, so I don’t have to live up to what he’s done. A half-career like his is incredible.

Kody Clemens in a game for the Toledo Mud Hens on May 8.
Kody Clemens in a game for the Toledo Mud Hens on May 8.

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Clemens is expected to start Game 2 of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Minnesota, when right-hander Cole Sands is expected to be on the mound for the Twins.

“As soon as we had AJ (Hinch) a few years ago, he took me into his office and was just like, ‘Hey, are you playing somewhere else?'” Clemens said. “I was like, I really played a lot of third in college. I’ll play third base, outfield, wherever you want.

Kody Clemens takes a swing for the Toledo Mud Hens during a May 8 game.
Kody Clemens takes a swing for the Toledo Mud Hens during a May 8 game.

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Detroit needed depth because of Grossman’s injury and Miguel Cabrera’s bad back.

Roger Clemens was an 11-time All-Star who won 354 games in a major league career from 1984 to 2007 and struck out 4,672, third behind Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson.

Of the players implicated in the 2007 Mitchell report, Roger Clemens denied using performance-enhancing substances. In 2012, he was acquitted on charges of lying to Congress when he denied allegations of using PED.

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