Around the Grapefruit League

Updated: February 19, 2007, 10:30 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Houston Astros: The moment Roy Oswalt walked into the Houston Astros clubhouse at spring training, things seemed different.

The past three seasons, Oswalt shared the "ace" label with Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens. But with Pettitte back with the New York Yankees and Clemens still mulling his future, Oswalt is alone in the spotlight and missing two influential mentors.

Now, he's the guy younger pitchers are emulating and turning to for guidance and leadership.

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