Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/20/13
Roger Clemens met with Houston's pitching staff, encouraging the young players to ''keep their spirits up'' as they navigate through this difficult season. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner and special assistant to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow talked to the pitchers after batting practice on Saturday. ''It's tough,'' he said. ''The three years I was here we had a lot of close one-run ballgames. You had to grind your way through it. There were a few games when I might have given up a home run and we were trailing and you just hang on and give your guys a chance to come back. They're doing great and they have a bunch of great coaches in there.'' Clemens, who travels often to follow the baseball careers of his sons, said he keeps up with Houston's games by recording them on a DVR. He was able to check out the major league debut of top pitching prospect Jarred Cosart against the Rays just before the break. The 23-year-old Cosart took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and ...
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