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Roy Oswalt Struggles In Second Minor League Start

Roy Oswalt is working his way back in to pitching shape by going through a few rehab starts with the Rangers AAA club. In his first start Oswalt pitched only two innings and pitched well, but his Thursday start did not go well at all.

Oswalt gave up five runs in four innings, including a grand slam, a walk and had four strikeouts, but he was not too concerned:

"It's funny. When you throw in the Minor Leagues, they don't let you throw a lot of pitches," Oswalt said. "They swing early, and you don't get to work on a lot of stuff.

"Tonight I think out of six hits, I gave up five on first-pitch fastballs. So you try and get your fastball established and try to work on it as much as possible. But when they swing at first pitches, it's hard to work on your other pitches," he added.

Oswalt is expected to make one or two more starts before he will join the Rangers.

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