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Astros' assignment goes to Oswalt

Updated: February 25, 2004, 12:22 PM ET
Associated Press

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- All starting opening day means to Roy Oswalt is that he'll pitch the first game. He doesn't see himself atop the Houston Astros' star-studded stable of arms.

"I see five aces," Oswalt said of a rotation in which he's followed by ex-Yankees Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens, then holdovers Wade Miller and Tim Redding. "I know in a card deck you only get four, but I see five right now."

Nevertheless, manager Jimy Williams will have just one baseball to hand over April ...

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