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Rocket Returns to the Bronx

Yanks give Clemens one year, $28 million
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2007 9:45 PM CDT
Rocket Returns to the Bronx
New York Yankees manager Brian Cashman, left, glances at pitcher Roger Clemens after the Yankees announced they had signed Clemens to a minor league contract following the Yankees' 5-0 baseball shutout of the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, May 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Roger Clemens announced on Sunday to an ecstatic crowd at Yankee Stadium that he'd be joining New York this year. The news is well-timed for the best-paid team in baseball, which has suffered a catastrophic string of pitching injuries. Two of his other previous teams, Boston and Houston, had also been bidding to sign him.

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The enigmatic hurler pitched for New York from 1999 to 2003, amassing two championship rings and one Cy Young award. He expects to join the Yankees in about a month.  The deal will give the 44-year-old an appalling $28 million for less than a year of work.  Said Clemens:  "It's a privilege to be back." (Read more MLB stories.)

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