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Rodriguez high on Chatwood

Rodriguez high on Chatwood

Rodriguez high on Chatwood
ANAHEIM -- Francisco Rodriguez has seen enough of young Tyler Chatwood, making his Major League debut against the Indians on Monday night, to believe.

"I think he's going to be fine," said Rodriguez, the right-handed reliever who was with Chatwood with Triple-A Salt Lake when they were summoned to join a redesigned Angels pitching staff. "He can do some things. He can throw hard, and he's got a good breaking ball. He's aggressive with his fastball."

Rodriguez could give Chatwood some insights into controlling anxiety. He put away Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira, the first three big league hitters he faced, last season at Yankee Stadium on his way to 8 1/3 scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts.

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"I remember the first time I saw Tyler two years ago when I was sent down to the Minor League camp," Rodriguez said. "I watched him pitch, and the first thing that came into my mind was, `There's a little Roy Oswalt there.' Same kind of pitcher, same kind of stuff."

A shortstop primarily his senior year who also was a prospect as a center fielder, Chatwood didn't abuse his arm in high school with too much work. Because of his stature -- he's 6-foot, 185 pounds -- he has drawn comparisons to Oswalt and Jake Peavy.

"When I came up, I was compared to Oswalt," Chatwood said. "I watched him; he's nasty. I've pretty much got my own style and delivery. I'm trying to refine some things, work on what I took from last year."

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