Friday, September 17 2021
Roger Clemens didn't have All-Star stuff in his first NL start.
AL hitters took the All-Star Game focus off Clemens throwing to Piazza by scoring six runs in the first inning and torching the Rocket en route to a 9-4 victory. Alfonso Soriano, named the game's MVP, homered off his former teammate.
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