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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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SPRING TRAINING NEWS
Follow the day's news from spring training in the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues as we begin the countdown toward Opening Day on Sunday (Mets at world champion Cardinals, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2):
• Colon, Weaver, Figgins on DL
• Pirates send Sanchez to the DL
• Rogers has clot removed, will miss first half
• Sabathia throws, says he's ready for opener
• Pavano to start Opening Day for Yankeees
• A's put Dan Johnson on DL with hip injury
• Walker signs minor league deal with A's
• Grapefruit: Towers wins spot in Jays' rotation
• Cactus: Big Unit to start season on DL