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Notebook: Clemens first Pittsburgh start not attracting attention

Joe Rutter
| Monday, September 19, 2005 12:00 a.m

Since announcing last week that Roger Clemens would be making his first career start in Pittsburgh tonight, the Pirates have witnessed no spike in ticket sales, according to front office personnel. Barring a large walk-up crowd, the Pirates are expected to draw just 10,000 for Clemens’ start. All five of Clemens’ starts against the Pirates have come in Houston, including two this season. Lifetime, he’s 3-0 with a 2.86 ERA against the Pirates.

  • General manager Dave Littlefield confirmed on his radio show that left-hander Dave Williams has thrown his last pitch this season. Williams hasn’t pitched since Sept. 3 because of a strained oblique muscle. Williams is not scheduled to pitch in a winter league and is being told to prepare to pitch again in spring training.

  • Littlefield said it’s “doubtful” left-hander Mark Redman will pitch again this year because of a broken tip of his left index finger. Littlefield said Redman continues to have swelling in the finger that prevents him from gripping a ball. Neither Williams nor Redman will accompany the team on its final road trip to Los Angeles and Chicago.

  • Oliver Perez’s stolen base in the first inning was the first by a Pirates pitcher since Josh Fogg did it Aug. 23, 2003, against the Florida Marlins.

    Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review steelers reporter. You can contact Joe via Twitter .

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