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OSWALT'S TEXAS DEBUT SET FOR FRIDAY

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SAN DIEGO - Roy Oswalt will return to a major-league mound Friday night in Texas, familiar ground for the right-hander who started his career in Houston 11 years ago.

Oswalt, 34, will make his debut for the Rangers at home against the Rockies after starting four minor-league games since signing with Texas on May 29.

Oswalt's last major-league appearance was with the Phillies in a Game 4 loss to St. Louis in the NL Division Series. He pitched six shutout innings against the Braves in his last regular-season appearance Sept.27.

Oswalt said Wednesday he didn't have as much soreness as he expected after his last minor-league start, when he threw 100 pitches and allowed six hits and two runs in six innings Sunday for Triple-A Round Rock. He said he was regaining command of his curveball.

In other Rangers news, 1B Mitch Moreland, who left Tuesday night's game with a left hamstring injury, was scheduled for an MRI exam and is expected to go on the disabled list.

SURGERY FOR BEACHY: Braves RHP Brandon Beachy is set to have reconstructive surgery on his right elbow today and is out for the season. Beachy, 25, has a 2.00 ERA in 13 starts.

ICHIRO MILESTONE: Mariners RF Ichiro Suzuki got his 2,500th major-league hit Tuesday night. Ichiro, 38, had 1,278 hits in nine seasons in Japan.

PROSPECT ROBBED: Reds OF prospect Billy Hamilton, the minor-league leader with 80 stolen bases, was robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday in Winston-Salem, N.C., police said.

GIRLFRIEND CHARGED: A Maryland woman who told police that a man bound and robbed her in a Pittsburgh hotel room while she was accompanying Reds LHP Aroldis Chapman on a road trip was charged with one count of filing false reports. Claudia Manrique, 26, said a man stole more than $6,000 worth of belongings on May 29.

ANGELS: RHP Jerome Williams went on the 15-day disabled list two days after suffering an asthma attack.

ATHLETICS: RHP Bartolo Colon has shown little progress since leaving Sunday's start with a strained oblique muscle and is likely to go on the disabled list.

BREWERS: RHP Shaun Marcum, who was scratched from Tuesday night's start because of elbow stiffness, said there's no structural damage and he expects to avoid the disabled list.

NATIONALS: RHP Chien-Ming Wang, who has a 6.62 ERA in four starts, was sent back to the bullpen. LHP Ross Detwiler will take his spot in the rotation.

ROCKIES: SS Troy Tulowitzki will have surgery to repair a tear in his left groin and is out indefinitely.

TIGERS: Closer Jose Valverde has a sprained right wrist, but the team is hopeful the right-hander won't be out too long.

YANKEES: LHP Omar Luis Rodriguez, 19, who defected from Cuba and was declared a free agent this month, agreed to a minor-league contract.

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