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Oswalt reveals inside story on lightning success

Roy Oswalt has electric stuff, but it was a real shocker that might have saved his career.

Originally Published: April 29, 2003
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com

Even though he has pitched in the majors for only two years, Roy Oswalt will soon have thrown more big-league innings than there were people in his hometown (533). Tiny Weir, Miss., doesn't have a traffic light, just a four-way stop sign. But it does boast one of the top young pitchers in baseball today.

Oswalt, 25, won 19 games last year and is proving that a short right-hander (6 feet, 175 pounds) can thrive in the majors if he has the moxie to pitch hard and inside. Although Oswalt has ...

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