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Clemens Timeline
Notable dates in the career of Roger Clemens
June 6, 1983 The Boston Red Sox select Clemens with the 19th pick of the first round. Clemens was 25-7 at the University of Texas, where he was a two-time All-American. Later that month, he is the winner in the championship game of the College World Series.
May 11, 1984 Clemens is promoted to the major leagues after striking out 50 in 39 innings at Class AAA Pawtucket.
May 20, 1984 Clemens strikes out seven batters in seven innings for his first victory, a 5-4 decision against Minnesota.
April 29, 1986 Clemens strikes out 20 in a 3-1 victory against Seattle, breaking the major league record of 19 shared by Nolan Ryan, Steve Carlton and Tom Seaver. He also ties the AL record for consecutive strikeouts with eight.
May 25, 1986 Oddibe McDowell of the Rangers singles with two outs in the eighth inning to break up a no-hit bid by Clemens. Clemens finishes with a two-hitter.
July 2, 1986 Toronto scores three runs in the eighth inning to stop Clemens' season-opening win streak at 14 games. He was one short of the American League record for wins to start a season.
July 15, 1986 Pitching in what amounts to his back yard, Clemens throws three perfect innings and wins the MVP award at the All-Star Game in the Houston Astrodome. The AL wins 3-2.
Aug. 30, 1986 Clemens wins his 20th game, striking out 11 in a 7-3 victory against Cleveland.
Nov. 12, 1986 Clemens is the unanimous winner of the AL Cy Young Award, going 24-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 33 starts.
Nov. 18, 1986 Clemens wins the AL Most Valuable Player award, the first pitcher since Vida Blue in 1971 to win it in the AL. Clemens receives 19 of 28 first-place votes to edge Don Mattingly.
Oct. 4, 1987 Clemens wins 20 games for a second consecutive season, stopping Milwaukee on two hits with 12 strikeouts.
Nov. 11, 1987 Clemens wins his second consecutive AL Cy Young Award, going 20-9 with a 2.97 ERA in 36 starts.
Aug. 30, 1990 Clemens wins 20 games for the third time, beating Cleveland with nine strikeouts.
Oct. 10, 1990 Clemens is ejected in the second inning of Game 4 of the AL Championship Series for arguing calls with home plate umpire Terry Cooney, and Oakland goes on to a 3-1 victory that wins the series. It is one of the worst days in Clemens' career, punctuated by a bump of the umpire and an outburst in the dugout. After the season, he is suspended for five games and fined $10,000.
Jan. 20, 1991 Clemens is charged with assaulting a police officer in a disturbance at a Houston nightclub. Clemens said he was coming to the defense of his brother Randy when police arrested him.
Feb. 8, 1991 Clemens signs a four-year extension worth $21.5 million, becoming baseball's highest-paid player.
Sept. 18, 1996 Clemens ties his major-league record by striking out 20 in a 4-0 victory against Detroit. He allows four hits.
Sept. 28, 1996 Despite striking out 10, Clemens loses his last game in a Boston uniform, 4-2 to Andy Pettitte and the Yankees.
Dec. 13, 1996 Clemens signs with Toronto for three years at $24.75 million.
May 21, 1997 Clemens strikes out seven in a 4-1 victory against the Yankees, winning his 200th game and improving to 8-0, part of a string of 11 consecutive victories to start the season.
Nov. 10, 1997 Clemens wins the AL Cy Young Award, his fourth, after going 21-7 with a 2.05 ERA in 34 starts.
July 5, 1998 Clemens strikes out Randy Winn of the Devil Rays for his 3,000th strikeout.
Aug. 25, 1998 Clemens strikes out 18 in a 3-0 victory against Kansas City, becoming the first pitcher with three 18-plus strikeout games.
Feb. 18, 1999 The Yankees trade for Clemens, sending pitchers David Wells and Graeme Lloyd, and infielder Homer Bush to Toronto.
April 21, 1999 Clemens beats Texas 4-2 to tie an AL record by winning his 17th consecutive decision over two seasons.
May 22, 1999 Clemens sets the AL record of 18 consecutive victories over two seasons in a victory against the Chicago White Sox.
June 6, 1999 Clemens' 20-game winning streak ends in a 7-2 loss to the New York Mets.
Oct. 27, 1999 Clemens allows four hits in a 4-1 victory against Atlanta that clinches the World Series for the Yankees.
May 6, 2000 Clemens beats the Orioles 3-1 for his 250th career victory.
Oct. 14, 2000 Clemens strikes out 15 in a 5-0 victory against Seattle in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series, giving the Yankees a 3-1 series lead.
Oct. 22, 2000 Clemens beats the Mets 6-5 in Game 2 of the World Series. The game is notable for Clemens' matchup against Mike Piazza in the first inning, in which he threw a piece of broken bat at the Mets catcher. The action later results in a $50,000 fine.
April 2, 2001 Clemens records his 3,509th strikeout, becoming the AL's all-time leader.
Sept. 19, 2001 Clemens wins 20 games for the fifth time, beating the White Sox 6-1. He is the first pitcher to start 20-1.
May 19, 2002 Clemens strikes out 13 in a 3-0 victory against Minnesota, winning his sixth consecutive decision.
June 3, 2002 Clemens strikes out 13 in a no-decision against Baltimore, his 101st double-digit strikeout game.
June 13, 2003 Clemens strikes out the side in the first inning on his way to victory No. 300 against the Cardinals. He ends up with 10 strikeouts, putting him over the 4,000 mark for his career.
 
 

 


 
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