Moore: Royals 'not scouting Clemens'

Moore: Royals 'not scouting Clemens'

Moore: Royals 'not scouting Clemens'
BOSTON -- Any speculation that the Royals might be interested in signing Roger Clemens apparently is unfounded.

General manager Dayton Moore threw cold water on that idea when contacted on Sunday morning after reports surfaced that the Royals were scouting the 50-year-old pitching legend in his comeback stint with the Sugar Land Skeeters in Texas.

It was true, Moore said, that his senior pitching advisor, Bill Fischer, was on hand at Saturday night's game, along with Ron Toenjes, who scouts independent leagues for the Royals. But Fischer was merely there as an old coach and friend of Clemens, and Toenjes was there escorting Fischer.

"He wasn't sent there to scout the game. He was sent there to be along with Fish, and that's all," Moore said.

Moore pointed out that Fischer was Clemens' pitching coach early in his Major League career with Boston (1985-1991) and that the pitcher invited him to come down and be part of his return. Fischer sat with Clemens in the dugout.

"Fish called me last night to say thanks for allowing him to go down there and what a great time it was," Moore said. "I don't even know how Roger threw, I didn't even ask him about that."

The chatter about the Royals' involvement grew when there was a newspaper story about Fischer attending the game and Toenjes was quoted in an Associated Press story.

Clemens pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings against the Bridgeport Bluefish and struck out two, including former Royals outfielder Joey Gathright, and gave up one hit and two walks. The Skeeters, a member of the Atlantic League, are managed by ex-Royals third baseman Gary Gaetti.

For the record, Moore said, "We were not there scouting Roger Clemens."