Friday, April 30, 2004

Hungry Reds face standout Clemens

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Don't expect the Reds to be pondering history when they face future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens tonight in Houston.

"It's more like it's another game to play," Barry Larkin said. "It doesn't matter if it's Clemens, (Roy) Oswalt or (Andy) Pettitte. You don't really get up more for any particular pitcher."

The Reds have a large contingent of Texas players. Adam Dunn, Jason LaRue, Todd Van Poppel, Brandon Larson, Phil Norton and Ryan Wagner all have roots in the state.

So they are well aware of the Rocket's legend.

"Being from Texas, he's all I heard about when I was growing up," Dunn said. "You look forward to facing a guy like that."

After the last two nights, the Reds are simply a team desperate for a win. Clemens, who came out of retirement to sign with the Astros, has been the best $5 million bargain in baseball so far.

He is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in four starts. He's pitched 26 1/3 innings, allowing 16 hits and striking out 26.

John Fay

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