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Clemens inducted to Red Sox Hall of Fame

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Clemens inducted to Red Sox Hall of Fame

BOSTON -- Roger Clemens, who's a special assistant to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame on Thursday. Astros players were on the top step of the visiting dugout at Fenway clapping when Clemens came onto the field pregame to accept his plaque.

Clemens was inducted along with Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Martinez and long-time Red Sox radio announcer Joe Castiglione. Each threw out a ceremonial first pitch. Clemens also threw batting practice to sons, Koby and Kacy, on Thursday afternoon.

"It's always fun for me to come back here," Clemens said. "When you have a ceremony like this, you get to reflect on a lot of people that helped you get here."

Clemens won 192 games for the Red Sox between 1984-96, winning three American League Cy Young Awards and one Most Valuable Player Award.

Clemens said he got a little emotional during a ceremony earlier Thursday in which they showed him getting a ball from a 20-win season. The highlight reel cut off before they showed shots of his grandmother and mother, who were there to support him.

"Very strong women that played a big part in me being here," Clemens said.

While Clemens said his first 20-strikeout game was his one of his fondest memories with the Red Sox, he did take some time Thursday to reflect on his three-year stint with the Astros. While speaking on-air with Castiglione early in the game, he talked about the Astros' 18-inning win over the Braves in Game 4 of the 2005 National League Division Series in which he threw three innings in relief -- his first relief appearance in more than 20 years.

"I'm very fortunate the second or third time I came out of retirement, I'm glad I did to pitch at home, because it was three of the better years I ever had," Clemens said. "As you guys know, we flipped a football town into a baseball town for a couple of years. It was special."

Clemens did some scouting for the Astros prior June's First-Year Player Draft and has players over to his home in the offseason to throw. It's all part of his duties with the club.

"They're big leaguers, and they just need to make sure their mind is in the right place," Clemens said. "That's what's going to keep them here and allow them to have staying power."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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