Clemens, 50, returning to mound

Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens will return to the mound Saturday, agreeing to pitch for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters.

Clemens, who turned 50 earlier this month, last pitched for the New York Yankees in 2007, going 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 17 starts.

"Any time you can add a player of Roger's caliber is extremely exciting," Skeeters president Matt O'Brien said. "Our inaugural season has been extremely memorable, and this is just going to add to it."

The Skeeters, of the Atlantic League, are not affiliated with Major League Baseball. They already feature a pitching staff with former major leaguers Scott Kazmir, Tim Redding and Jason Lane.

Clemens was acquitted of all six charges brought by the government two months ago in its second go-round charging the former pitcher with lying to Congress about taking performance-enhancing drugs.

A 12-person jury found Clemens not guilty on two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction of Congress.

The 354-game winner will be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in December unless he pitches again in the majors this year.