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Topic - Micah Owings
For a roster that was all but set from the outset of camp, the decision on whether J.C. Romero or Henry Rodriguez will get the Nationals' final bullpen spot, it seems, will come down to the spring's final day.
It was about a year ago that Micah Owings decided to ask the question. The thought had been in his mind for some time. It'd crop up, perhaps, with every well-struck line drive, or double, or home run -- of which there were nine — he'd hit as a starting pitcher in the major leagues.
Enjoy baseball's exhibition season for what it is, a sign the real thing isn't far away. Do not put too much stock in anything that actually happens on the field.
Clint Barmes hit a three-run homer and J.A. Happ pitched six solid innings against his former team as the Houston Astros beat Philadelphia 5-2 on Tuesday night, preventing the Phillies from wrapping up a playoff spot.
DENVER -- Eric Byrnes was right: The Colorado Rockies did catch every break, did get every call, did benefit from every mistake.
"It seems like you're out there for a half-hour," he said.
Chad Tracy is also expected back in the lineup Wednesday. ... Micah Owings will need a few more days to rest a little tightness in his left wrist, which he said began "barking" after Saturday's game.