Brett Wallace's odyssey

Thrice-traded '08 first-round draft pick gets an opportunity as Astros first baseman

Updated: April 9, 2011, 4:04 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Houston manager Brad Mills was hoping for a better April after an 0-8 start in 2010, but the early schedule threw some pine tar into the works. First came a visit to Philadelphia and encounters with Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt. That was followed by a trip to Cincinnati, where the Reds look like a budding juggernaut this spring.

Predictably enough, the first week wasn't pretty. Closer Brandon Lyon blew a two-run ninth inning lead to lose the season opener, and the Astros ...

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