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Clemens, Jays Shutout Twins


Roger Clemens dominated again, and this time he didn't even have his best stuff.

Clemens pitched a two-hitter for his third consecutive shutout and extended his scoreless innings streak to 29 Sunday, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

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  • "I was talking the other day about the five toughest pitchers I've faced in 21 years, and Roger's name was on that list," Minnesota's Paul Molitor said. "When you give him the lead with the way he's pitching you can pretty much bank it in."

    Clemens (17-6) hasn't lost since May 29 and followed three-hit shutouts over Seattle and Kansas City by blanking the Twins. The 36-year-old right-hander walked three and struck out seven in his fifth complete game this season.

    "It was one of those days when my arm felt heavy," Clemens said. "It was just real hard to get my arm into a good slot consistently today, but when you get that type of run support it makes it pretty easy."

    "I just feel real fortunate with the way things are going," he said.

    Clemens, who reeled off 11 consecutive wins last season en route to winning his fourth Cy Young Award, is unbeaten in his last 17 starts. He was coming off an 18-strikeout performance against the Royals.

    After allowing Alex Ochoa's one-out single in the first, Clemens didn't give up another hit until Todd Walker singled with two outs in the seventh.

    Minnesota starter Frank Rodriguez (4-3) had his personal three-gae winning streak snapped. He gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings.

    The Blue Jays took a 3-0 lead in the second on back-to-back RBI singles from Darrin Fletcher and Craig Grebeck, and Shannon Stewart's RBI ground-rule double.

    Carlos Delgado's RBI double and Tony Fernandez's RBI single in the third made it 5-0, and Toronto added a run in the fifth on an error by Twins third baseman Brent Gates.

    Notes

  • The three consecutive shutouts are a career first for Clemens.
  • Dave Stieb , who won for the first time in five years on Saturday, holds the Blue Jays record for consecutive scoreless innings, 31 in 1988.
  • The Blue Jays honored Canada's Little League World Series team before the game. The players were presented with caps and balls by Toronto manager Tim Johnson and Blue Jay pitchers Paul Quantrill and Steve Sinclair , both Canadians.
  • Minnesota's Otis Nixon is day-to-day with a sore left hamstring.
  • Pat Meares was a late scratch for the Twins with a sore right ankle.

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