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Oswalt sharp on journey back to Majors

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CHICAGO -- Veteran right-hander Roy Oswalt's fastball and his overall pitch mix was better in his second extended spring training outing on Tuesday than it was in his first. If all goes well in his next outing on Saturday, Oswalt likely will join Double-A Tulsa as he works his way toward a return to the Majors.

Oswalt threw 64 pitches over four innings Tuesday, and is scheduled for five innings and 75 pitches on Saturday.

"He had a better fastball, and his stuff was better, also," said Rockies pitching coach Jim Wright, who had not spoken to Oswalt, but received a report on the outing.

Oswalt, a three-time All-Star, signed with the Rockies on May 3.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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