ST. LOUIS -- Roy Oswalt bent his head to the side and smiled briefly, in the way you do when you feel you can't catch a break, the way hitters sometimes look when they're facing Roy Oswalt.
Twice Oswalt had tried to bore a fastball in on the hands of Jim Edmonds, and twice, home plate umpire Greg Gibson watched the pitch flirt with the strike zone -- there might've even been a liaison, for that matter -- and said nothing. Ball 2, Ball 3. Full count.
When he was younger, Oswalt ...
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