Roy Oswalt retires from baseball at age 36

Roy Oswalt retires from baseball at age 36

HOUSTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Veteran pitcher Roy Oswalt is retiring from MLB at age 36 after compiling a 163-102 record in 13 seasons.
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MLB: Arizona 9, Colorado 2

PHOENIX, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Aaron Hill went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBI Saturday, leading a 16-hit attack that carried the Arizona Diamondbacks over Colorado 9-2.

MLB: San Diego 5, Colorado 2

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Nick Hundley's pinch-hit, bases-clearing double capped a seventh-inning rally Sunday that carried the San Diego Padres over Colorado 5-2.

MLB: Arizona 6, Colorado 1

PHOENIX, July 7 (UPI) -- Patrick Corbin improved to 10-1 with a dominating eight-inning performance Sunday, staking Arizona to series-sweeping 6-1 win over Colorado.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers 8, Colorado 0

DENVER, July 2 (UPI) -- The red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers had plenty of pitching and hitting Tuesday in their 8-0 rout of the Colorado Rockies.

MLB: Boston 5, Colorado 3

BOSTON, June 26 (UPI) -- John Lackey struck out 12 over seven solid innings Wednesday and the Boston Red Sox completed an interleague sweep of Colorado with a 5-3 win over the Rockies.

MLB: Washington 5, Colorado 1

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- Jordan Zimmermann took a shutout into the eighth inning Thursday and contributed a sacrifice fly to help his own cause in carrying Washington over Colorado 5-1.

MLB: Tampa Bay 6, Texas 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- B.J. Upton smashed three homers and James Shields hurled a shutout Sunday, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-0 whitewash of Texas.
Minnesota pitcher suspended

Minnesota pitcher suspended

NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball announced Friday Minnesota pitcher Scott Diamond had been suspended six games for throwing at Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton.

MLB: Texas 10, Minnesota 6

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Mitch Moreland drove in the go-ahead score during a six-run eighth and Josh Hamilton had five RBI Thursday in powering the Texas Rangers past Minnesota 10-6.

MLB: Texas 2, Toronto 1

TORONTO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Nelson Cruz socked a two-run homer and six Texas pitchers combined to limit Toronto to one run Saturday in the Rangers' 2-1 verdict over the Blue Jays.

MLB: Texas 15, Los Angeles Angels 9

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland keyed a four-run seventh inning Thursday that carried the Texas Rangers past the division-rival Los Angeles Angels 15-9.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 15, Texas 8

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 30 (UPI) -- Kendrys Morales bashed a grand slam and a two-run shot during a nine-run sixth inning Monday, highlighting the Los Angeles Angels' 15-8 win over Texas.

MLB: Texas 2, Chicago White Sox 0

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 29 (UPI) -- Scott Feldman dominated Chicago for eight shutout innings Sunday and the Texas Rangers blanked the White Sox 2-0.

MLB: Texas 9, Boston 1

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 23 (UPI) -- Scott Feldman tossed seven strong innings while making a spot start and Mike Napoli homered Monday in the Texas Rangers' 9-1 rout of Boston.
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Roy Oswalt
Team USA starter Roy Oswalt walks off the mound after getting out of a jam in third inning action against Team Venezuela during Round 1 of the World Baseball Classic at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada on March 8, 2009. Team USA won the game 15-6. (UPI Photo/Christine Chew)

Roy Edward Oswalt ( /ˈoʊzwɑːlt/; born August 29, 1977 in Weir, Mississippi) is an American Major League Baseball pitcher and Olympic gold medalist who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies. Oswalt, a slender six-foot right-handed starting pitcher, is currently in his eleventh major league season. He spent the first nine and a half years of his career in the Houston Astros organization.

Oswalt is currently considered to be among the elite pitchers in the National League. After completing nine years (2001–2009), Oswalt has compiled an 137–70 record with a 3.23 ERA and a 3.58 strikeout-to-walk ratio (1473 – to – 418) in 1803.1 innings pitched. He posted a 20–12 record in 2005 with a 2.94 ERA, repeating his 20-win performance of 2004. He was the ace of a Houston Astros staff that included Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte. He is also a three-time All-Star. On August 29, 2006, Oswalt's 29th birthday, he signed a five year extension with the Houston Astros totaling $73 million with an option for a 6th year.

Oswalt grew up in Weir, Mississippi, the son of Billy Oswalt, a logger and a Vietnam veteran. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Nicole, and together they have two daughters. When they were children, he and Nicole played T-ball against one another. At Weir High School, Oswalt played defensive back and wide receiver on the football team, which won a state title his senior year. He graduated in a class with 32 students.

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