Oswalt making good strides in Double-A

DENVER -- Three-time All-Star right-hander Roy Oswalt, who signed a Minor League deal with the Rockies on May 3, made dramatic strides from his first start with Double-A Tulsa to Wednesday night's six-inning, six-strikeout performance in a victory over Midland.

In his previous start, also against Midland, Oswalt went five innings and gave up four hits, but two were homers.

"He's getting in game shape," Rockies pitching coach Jim Wright said. "The timing and rhythm were much better, which is just part of being out there. He's an old veteran. He just needs some mound time and get his innings in and crank it up about seven times. He's feeling good."

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