Clemens shines again in intrasquad game

Clemens shines again in intrasquad game

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Infielder Koby Clemens went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs en route to being named Most Valuable Player in the Astros' intrasquad game Sunday. Clemens led third-base coach Dave Clark's team to a 5-1 win in six innings over first-base coach Bobby Meacham's team.

Clemens homered off Jorge De Leon in his first at-bat, marking the second consecutive year he homered in his first intrasquad at-bat. Last year, he was pulled over from Minor League camp for the game and homered off Matt Lindstrom.

"I'm starting a good trend and hopefully I can relate it over to the other side when I get a couple of chances to play," Clemens said. "I felt good. I was a little aggressive on a couple of pitches up, but I saw a few pitches. I felt comfortable and got a quality pitch I could handle and drove it out."

Outfielder J.B. Shuck went 3-for-3 with a triple for Meacham's team. Jordan Lyles threw one scoreless inning, striking out one. Fernando Abad gave up two hits and struck out one batter in his one inning. David Carpenter allowed three runs in one inning, and De Leon gave up two runs.

"We were able to get out of it what we wanted," manager Brad Mills said. "We were able to see some guys throw in competition we haven't seen yet. We were able to see some enthusiasm and guys get into the game a little bit."