Roger Clemens adjusts his cap during a news conference Monday at Applebee’s Park in Lexington. Clemens will pitch tonight for the Lexington Legends.

LEXINGTON — Roger Clemens knows better than to look past the Lake County Captains.

Clemens takes the first step in his return to the Houston Astros when he pitches Tuesday night for the Class A Lexington Legends — and he’ll get support in the lineup from his son, Koby, the Legends’ third baseman.

Unfortunately for the Captains, the Cleveland Indians’ minor league affiliate, the Rocket says he’s preparing like it’s the World Series.

“Regardless if I’m pitching in A-ball or the major leagues, this is serious baseball for me because the expectations are so high,” Clemens said Monday. “I’ve got people waiting on me and counting on me.”

If the young players learn one thing from him, Clemens says, it’s that he prepares the same for every game. Autographs and playing around will be part of the afternoon, of course, but come game time, it’s all business.

Clemens is expecting to throw around 60 pitches. The velocity will depend on what his body tells him, he said.

“If I feel good, I might let a few get in there,” he said.

Clemens says he and his son, who is rehabbing a finger he broke in a slide, helped each other get into game shape. He confided that Koby probably rushed himself back a little sooner than he should have and started swinging a wiffle bat three days after his surgery.

“I think he’s going to be the happiest when I get out of town,” Clemens said.

Clemens is expected to make two more minor league starts, double-A and triple-A, before returning to the Astros June 22.

His appearance has created a buzz in Lexington, a college basketball and horse racing town. Some 9,000 tickets were sold out within hours after they went on sale last week — and some scalpers are asking for hundreds of dollars for seats.

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