Roger Clemens’ son chooses college after being drafted by Astros

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Roger Clemens’ son, Houston high school pitcher Kacy Clemens, was drafted by the Astros in the 35th round Saturday, but he’s already decided to bypass signing in favor of college.

Roger broke the news to Jose De Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, saying Kacy will attend the University of Texas–where Roger starred in 1982 and 1983 –“to get his education and get the Horns back to Omaha.”

As a 35th-round pick Clemens likely would have been in line for only a small signing bonus. Back in 1981 his dad was drafted by the Mets in the 12th round, but Roger opted to play two seasons for Texas, and then became the Red Sox’s first-round pick in 1983.

Koby Clemens, who’s Kacy’s older brother, was the Astros’ eighth-round pick in 2005.

2017 Preview: The American League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East

Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams.  The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.

Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:

Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.