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Clemens strikes out 8 in first rehab start

Roger Clemens, in his first rehab start for the Pawtucket Red Sox in the International League, struck out eight, walked four, allowed one hit and didn't permit a run in 32/3 innings Sunday.

He also drew a near-record crowd of 7,568 to McCoy Stadium.

Clemens, who has been on the Boston Red Sox' disabled list since June with a strained groin muscle, gave the fans their money's worth.

He threw 42 strikes in 77 pitches, fanning two Richmond Braves batters in each inning. His pitches were clocked in the low 90s.

"It has been a long way back," he said. "It was something I needed to do, and the fans are great here."

Dr. Arthur M. Pappas, team physician, said Clemens' strength and endurance were improving.

"As of now, everything looks good," Pappas said.

Clemens' last appearance for Pawtucket was May 5, 1984, when he beat Columbus 6-0. He was called up about a week later.

Rhoden tops Bench in celebrity golf

Rick Rhoden shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday and beat Johnny Bench by four strokes in the $400,000 Isuzu Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nev.

Rhoden, a former major-league pitcher, finished 54 holes at 9-under 207 in beating Bench, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame catcher who closed with a 71.

Rhoden won his second straight celebrity event and pocketed $75,000.

Houston Oilers kicker Al Del Greco shot 73 on Sunday and finished third overall at 214.

Actor Jack Wagner was the only other player in the field to finish under par, shooting 71 for 215.

Bonds, Tettleton tied for home run lead

Barry Bonds of San Francisco had 24 home runs at the All-Star break, tied with Mickey Tettleton of Detroit for the major league lead, and a National League-leading 71 RBIs. Cecil Fielder of the Tigers, who has 23 homers, leads the majors with 77 RBIs.


"The game is supposed to be you pitch it, you hit it, you catch it. The game was never meant to be you pitch it, you hit it and then you catch up with it later. It was like this in spring training and it's been like this the whole season." - Detroit manager Sparky Anderson on his team's league-leading 83 errors.