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Originally posted on ESPN
HOUSTON (AP) -- Roger Clemens dug his spikes into the dirt and stared momentarily at the ground before throwing his first pitch. He knew his mother would have wanted him on the mound.
The Houston Astros ace made his scheduled start Wednesday night and allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings in a 10-2 win over the Florida Marlins, pitching in honor of his mother after she died early that morning.
Bess Clemens died in Georgetown, Texas, because of complications from emphysema. She was 75.
Just after the final out, a tribute to Clemens' mother was shown on the giant video screen, and Astros players -- though Clemens wasn't among the group -- stood in the infield and watched. The video included Clemens talking about his mother at previous news conferences, his mother talking about him and video of them together on a baseball field.