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Mark Appel and Astros? Too perfect

If the Stanford pitcher goes No. 1, he could be playing for his favorite team

Updated: May 31, 2012, 11:51 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Stanford junior Mark Appel is a proud member of that most overlooked baseball demographic: the long-suffering fans of the Houston Astros.

Appel lived in Houston until he was 12 and his father's company had season tickets, so he is well aware of the soul-crushing agonies suffered by Astros fans in the team's half-century of existence -- two excruciatingly painful National League Championship Series losses, a four-game sweep in their lone World Series, 35 years trapped inside the Astrodome, ...

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