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Astros not ruling out Clemens

Astros not ruling out Clemens for a Game Five

CHICAGO (AP) _ A day after Roger Clemens hobbled off the field with a strained hamstring, the Houston Astros say they are optimistic the 43-year-old Rocket be able to pitch again in the World Series.

Astros G-M Tim Purpura and pitching coach Jim Hickey both say they are "optimistic" that Clemens will be able to pitch a Game Five, if necessary.

Clemens was forced out of Game One after only two innings. He was walking gingerly because of a recurring strained left hamstring. The Astros lost the opener 5-to-3.

Officially, the Astros are listing the seven-time Cy Young award winner as day-to-day. If Clemens can't pitch Game Five, rookies Wandy Rodriguez and Ezequiel Astacio are the top options to take his place.

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