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July 30, 2010 | By ED BARKOWITZ, barkowe@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES not only landed one of the best pitchers in baseball, they also got a player who is so country he makes Kevin Kolb look like a metrosexual. Roy Oswalt married his high school sweetheart, comes from a Mississippi town of about 500 and once used a spark plug to cure a shoulder injury. Here are some other things - a few that are actually relevant to the Phillies' chances this year - to know about the latest star pitcher acquired by Ruben Amaro: 1. Has an ugly 6-12 record this season, but the Astros have scored just 17 runs in his 12 losses.
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October 24, 2010 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
That wasn't a pitching rubber beneath Roy Oswalt's feet. That was a high wire. It was a night of living dangerously for the Phillies' starting pitcher in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The righthander seemed to teeter on the edge of disaster in nearly every inning, but he never lost his balance. Oswalt worked six innings. He allowed two runs, one earned, on nine hits with no walks and five strikeouts. It wasn't a dominating performance like Oswalt's work in Game 2, when he pitched eight innings and allowed just three hits with nine strikeouts.
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May 31, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Roy Oswalt signed with the Texas Rangers on Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News. The report said the former Phillies and Astros righthander got a prorated $8 million deal, which would put $4 million in his pocket if he is called up by July 1. He can also earn an extra $1 million if he makes 10 starts. ESPN.com said the Phillies, Cardinals and Dodgers all made offers - some exceeding that of the Rangers - but Oswalt preferred Texas, where he has a close relationship with club president Nolan Ryan.
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March 31, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
This is not the first time Roy Oswalt has been part of a star-studded starting rotation. For three years - 2004 to 2006 - he was part of a Houston Astros trio that included Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte. To this day, those two still influence Oswalt's pitching preparation. "Roger and Andy actually had a lot to do with what my workouts are like now," Oswalt said "They had a Navy Seal workout that they did, and that's what I try to do in the offseason to get in shape. " It makes sense that Oswalt would follow the intense workouts he started while teammates with Clemens and Pettitte.
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September 7, 2005 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's difficult to talk to the Houston Astros without hearing the same thing, whether it's from pitchers, hitters or manager Phil Garner. They all talk about how this team grinds out wins, such as last night's 2-1 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Astros continue to live on the edge, and the players say they wouldn't want it any other way. Roy Oswalt is 17-11 after pitching eight innings of one-run ball last night to gain the win. It marked the 10th time this season he had pitched in a game in which his team scored two runs or fewer.
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October 19, 2005 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols hit the ball so hard Monday at Minute Maid Park in Houston that some joked that it still hadn't landed. It might not have if the retractable roof had been open. "We actually told [Brad Lidge] that we almost got hit by the ball after [our flight] took off," Houston Astros righthander Roy Oswalt joked yesterday at Busch Stadium. There's no question that Pujols' dramatic and monstrous three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series left Houston a little bewildered.
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July 30, 2010
1. Cliff Lee                2. Roy Oswalt
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August 17, 2010
  Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. (CSN) San Francisco LHP Barry Zito (8-6, 3.44 ERA) vs. RHP Roy Oswalt (7-13, 3.34).   Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. (MYPHL17) San Francisco RHP Matt Cain (9-9, 3.11) vs. RHP Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.69).   Thursday at 7:05 p.m. (CSN) San Francisco LHP Jonathan Sanchez (8-8, 3.60) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (7-9, 3.33).
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March 6, 2015
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - For nine innings yesterday, Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro Jr. watched their nightmare from the front row. It was 4 1/2 years ago that the Astros officially began a full-scale rebuild by trading away Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman at the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. Over the next few seasons, Houston methodically replenished its stock of young talent with a series of well-reviewed trades and top-10 draft picks. Yet, as Gillick and Amaro sat behind the screen at Osceola County Stadium for the Phillies' Grapefruit League game against the Astros, they watched a team that still has little idea whether it will ever be any good.
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February 14, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Boy, the way the Phillies played. Their lineup was a hit parade. The bullpen really had it made. Those were the days. CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was three long years ago that the Phillies opened spring training by trotting out their entire starting rotation, declaring that each and every one of the pitchers was good enough to be the opening-day starter. Joe Blanton was not, of course, but nobody in the organization wanted to hurt his feelings, so he, too, was invited to the crowded news conference, along with the well-decorated quartet of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Roy Oswalt.
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December 11, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - If the true measure of a man comes from what his friends and co-workers say about him, Roy Halladay is a pretty complete person, let alone baseball player. He is as revered as any athlete to play in Philadelphia in the last quarter century. In the hour or so after Halladay's retirement became official yesterday, an outpouring of support and well wishes found its way to Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin Resort, site of baseball's winter meetings, where Halladay said goodbye to the game.
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June 28, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
IT WAS A rough return to Fenway Park for the Colorado Rockies. Roy Oswalt didn't fare much better in his encore, either. Oswalt struggled early in his first career start against Boston and the Red Sox completed a two-game sweep of the Rockies with a 5-3 victory yesterday. Michael Cuddyer hit two solo home runs for Colorado, which was making its first visit to Boston since losing the first two games of the 2007 World Series. After an 11-4 loss on Tuesday, the Rockies managed just two runs off Boston's John Lackey in losing for the 10th time in their last 14 games.
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June 21, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
COMING OFF one of his worst outings of the season, Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann surrendered a pair of first-inning hits against Colorado last night. That only gave the Rockies false hopes. Zimmermann pitched eight innings to win his 10th game, Adam LaRoche had three hits including a two-run triple and the Nationals spoiled Roy Oswalt's return to the majors with a 5-1 win over the Colorado. Ian Desmond homered for the second straight game and Denard Span and Steve Lombardozzi added a double and a single apiece for Washington, which began a stretch in which it will play 14 of its next 17 games at home.
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May 4, 2013
Righty Roy Oswalt, who once was part of the Phillies' vaunted Four Aces combo, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rockies, the team said Thursday. Oswalt will have an extended spring training before joining the big club. The 35-year-old is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA at Coors Field. "Always loved the mountains, im back!" tweeted the three-time all-star, who made nine starts last year for the Rangers.   Pitchers, umpire fined   Remember that little dustup between umpire Tom Hallion and Tampa Bay pitchers David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, and Matt Moore last weekend?
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April 11, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charlie Manuel offered a history lesson Tuesday afternoon. He was talking about Roy Halladay, once a Phillies ace but now unrecognizable, and brought up Brad Lidge's name. The former Phillies closer is the quintessential example of Manuel's loyalty. Lidge blew 11 saves in 2009, pitched to a 7.21 ERA, but remained the closer as the Phillies won the pennant. "I looked down there and, to me, Brad Lidge was probably still the best I had," Manuel said. "If I was going to lose the game, it was going to be with Brad Lidge.
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March 29, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies went into the season two years ago with four aces and a sense that something special was about to happen. And they were right. The special wasn't quite as special as they had hoped, and they had no idea that Vance Worley, not Roy Oswalt, would be the fourth ace. Worley didn't even get to pose as one of the five aces when it was inexplicably decided that Joe Blanton should be the ace of something, too. Two years later, the...
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March 5, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It was the kind of day that is known to occur once or twice this time of year. The flags in centerfield were pointing out of the ballpark and the temperature was struggling to stay in the 50s and the guys on the mound were no longer pitching like they were ahead of the hitters. Up and down the Gulf Coast of Florida, long fly balls screamed out of stadiums like tracers on an overcast sky. Back in Clearwater, Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard both launched pitches into the heart of the jet stream, the latter's home run looking for an instant like it might drop a surprise on the hood of one of the unwitting blue hairs who were matriculating their vehicles up the highway that runs behind the rightfield wall.
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