Clemens returns to Fenway as Sox play Braves

Clemens returns to Fenway as Sox play Braves

Clemens returns to Fenway as Sox play Braves
BOSTON -- Roger Clemens was back at Fenway Park on Friday less than a week after he was acquitted on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs.

With the Red Sox opening a three-game Interleague series vs. the Braves, Clemens took in the game from the first row of the Monster Seats. Clemens, 49, wore a white baseball cap and was flanked by a security detail.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Red Sox welcomed Clemens back with a message on the video board in center field. As he looked into the camera, the club's all-time leader in strikeouts was greeted with a mix of boos and cheers.

Clemens was unavailable for comment.

The right-hander hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since 2007. He pitched for the Red Sox from 1984-96 and is tied with Cy Young for the club's all-time lead in wins with 192.

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner played in the Major Leagues for 24 seasons, winning 354 games. In addition to playing for Boston, Clemens pitched for the Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros.

Clemens was charged with two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress after he staunchly denied under oath the findings in the Mitchell Report that he used steroids and human growth hormone during his playing career. On Monday, he was acquitted of all charges.

This fall, Clemens' name will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. His 4,672 strikeouts rank third in Major League history.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.