Former Astro helps with tornado damage in hometown

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - While his teammates played baseball, Roy Oswalt spent the past week riding an excavator and moving fallen trees off the property at his Mississippi home after tornadoes ravaged the community.

Oswalt was back with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, eight days after he left the team to be with his family in Weir, Miss. He threw a bullpen session and could start against Atlanta on Saturday.

But pitching is hardly first on his mind these days. "I've always said this right here, baseball, is a gift that you're given to ply, but this comes third or fourth on my list," Oswalt said. "I could walk away from the game today and be happy.

As long as you have your family, they're going to be there a lot longer than the game."

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