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MLB notebook: Jeff Kent joins Survivor: Philippines lineup


LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS Jeff Kent, drafted by the Blue Jays in 1989, is on the cast of Survivor: Philippines.

Jeff Kent, the 2000 National League MVP, is among the contestants vying for $ 1 million on Survivor: Philippines, which airs on CBS starting Sept. 19.

“I’ve got a chip on my shoulder,” Kent said of his appearance on the TV reality series.

“I hate to lose. You know, there are not many tall white guys with mustaches walking around still these days. I’m hoping my reputation’s not big enough that these people know who I am.”

Kent, drafted by the Blue Jays in the 20th round in 1989, played 17 major league seasons, batting .290 with 377 home runs.

ASTROS EYE ROCKET: Amid the buzz about Roger Clemens’ return to baseball with the independent Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters, the Houston Astros sent a scout to check on the former Astro as well as left-hander Scott Kazmir, also pitching for Sugar Land.

“There’s a bunch of guys that have been in that league that have big-league time and Roger is still associated with our organization,” said Astros GM Jeff Luhnow. “I think (Clemens) just wants to get back on the mound and see how it goes.”

Interim Astros manager Tony DeFrancesco coached Clemens’ son Koby at Triple-A Oklahoma City last season.

PETTITTE ON CLEMENS: Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte, rehabbing from a broken left ankle, was supportive of former teammate Roger Clemens in his comeback at age 50: “He’s just the ultimate competitor. . . . if anybody can do it, he’s someone that can pull it off probably.”

DOLL HOUSE: Despite having traded two-time all-star Hunter Pence to the Giants last month, the Phillies handed out Pence bobbleheads at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night. The dolls were manufactured before the season. A note from Pence came with the doll and read in part: “I hope it will serve as a lasting reminder of my time there. It was a year of my career that I will never forget.”

PITCHING UPDATES: Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin, a 12-game winner last season, will have Tommy John surgery Wednesday. … Yankees ace CC Sabathia threw 38 pitches in a bullpen session and expects to return to the rotation Friday against the Indians. . . . Tigers starter Doug Fister might miss his next start with a groin injury.

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