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October 14, 2012

Clemens (CNN)

On this day 12 years ago Roger Clemens pitched a gem in a pivotal game 4 of the ALCS.  With a chance to give his club a commanding 3-1 lead in the series, The Rocket threw a 1-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts in one of the greatest postseason pitching performances in Yankee history.  It came on the heels of two losses in the Divison Series in which the Oakland A’s cranked his ERA up to 8.18, but against the M’s Clemens was masterful.

Through 6 innings Clemens had a no-hitter with 8 strikeouts and a 3-0 lead thanks to a 3-run home run from Derek Jeter in the 5th.  Al Martin finally broke up Clemens’ bid to join Don Larsen’s exclusive club with a double to lead off the 7th.  Far from deflated, The Rocket struck out Alex Rodriguez, Edgar Martinez, and Mike Cameron to end the inning.  Clemens added perfect 8th and 9th innings, notching a pair of strikeouts in each, setting an ALCS record for K’s in a 9 inning game as he led his Yanks to a 5-0 win.

He was dominating today.  He was dominant.  He had a great fastball.  That’s Roger. He has wonderful command of the plate.

| Mike Cameron, Mariners’ center fielder |

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