UPDATE: Koby Clemens goes homerless vs. father

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9:30 PM:  Koby took six hacks and not one of them left the park.  In fact, six of the participants went homerless.  “The Rocket” must have really enjoyed that.

2:26 PM:  Roger Clemens’ son Koby Clemens is an Astros first base prospect at Double-A and has been picked to participate in the Texas League’s Home Run Derby tonight, so the The Rocket will come out of retirement to pitch to him.

Koby Clemens has followed up a monster 2009 season by hitting .258/.367/.496 in 73 games at Double-A this year, ranking second in the Texas League with 16 homers and 53 RBIs.

He’ll try to take his father deep tonight in front of what figures to be one of the more Clemens-friendly crowds possible in Midland, Texas.

According to the Associated Press “once it looked like [Koby] would be an All-Star, Roger Clemens called event organizers and offered to take part.”

Josh Donaldson is still seeking a long-term deal with the Blue Jays

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If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.

“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.

Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.