Thursday Feb. 26, 2009
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Roy Oswalt was sharp Thursday against the Atlanta Braves in his first outing of the spring for the Houston Astros, picking up right where he left off last season when he won 10 of 13 starts after the All-Star break.
Oswalt allowed just one hit in three innings, while the Braves were encouraged by the debut of top prospect Tommy Hanson and won 8-7 on an RBI double by non-roster catcher J.C. Boscan in the eighth.
Oswalt made one bad pitch that Braves catcher David Ross hit for a two-run homer. Otherwise, the right-hander was better than expected for this time of spring.
The Braves are hoping for big things from Hanson, the 22-year-old right-hander who was MVP of the Arizona Fall League -- the first pitcher to capture that honor.
He doesn't look quite ready to pitch in the majors after allowing two hits and two runs in his first appearance for the big league team, but a fastball clocked as high as 99 mph caught everyone's attention. Hanson struck out two.
Braves starter Jorge Campillo had a rough first outing of the spring, allowing five hits and three earned runs in two innings.
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