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Dayton Moore Says Royals Not Interested In Roger Clemens

The Kansas City Royals are not interested in signing retired pitcher and Hall of Fame hopeful Roger Clemens.

August 25, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Sugar Land Skeeters pitcher Roger Clemens (21) walks off the field after pitching in the third inning against the Bridgeport Bluefish at Constellation Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
August 25, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Sugar Land Skeeters pitcher Roger Clemens (21) walks off the field after pitching in the third inning against the Bridgeport Bluefish at Constellation Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

The Kansas City Royals are not interested in signing retired pitcher and Hall of Fame hopeful Roger Clemens.

Speculation ran rampant over the weekend when the Royals sent a scout to watch Clemens pitch for the Sugarland Skeeters -- an Atlantic League team.

Dayton Moore explained why Kansas City had a small contingent there to watch Clemens -- and it wasn't to gauge the club's interest in bringing the Rocket out of retirement.

"He wasn't sent there to scout the game. He was sent there to be along with Fish, and that's all," Moore said.

Moore pointed out that Fischer was Clemens' pitching coach early in his Major League career with Boston (1985-1991) and that the pitcher invited him to come down and be part of his return. Fischer sat with Clemens in the dugout.

"Fish called me last night to say thanks for allowing him to go down there and what a great time it was," Moore said. "I don't even know how Roger threw, I didn't even ask him about that."

The Houston Astros also had a scout in attendance, as Clemens threw three and 1/3 scoreless innings against the Bridgeport Bluefish.

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