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Qualls performing key role in Astros' pen

Though he's still widely unknown, Chad Qualls has sure been a reliable arm in the Astros' deep bullpen.

Originally Published: October 21, 2005
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Astros reliever Dan Wheeler grew a goatee to match the one worn by Brad Lidge, so Chad Qualls grew a goatee to match Wheeler and Lidge, and now he looks even more like Lidge.

"I get mistaken for him all the time,'' Qualls said. "I'll go clothes shopping at the mall and someone will ask, 'Are you Brad?' I'll say, 'No, I'm Chad.' They walk away. They have no idea who I am.''

Qualls wears No. 50 and is the seventh-inning specialist in what has been a terrific bullpen for the Astros. ...

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