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Angels' Nick Tropeano needs to make every pitch, and count, count against Astros

Angels' Nick Tropeano needs to make every pitch, and count, count against Astros

If Nick Tropeano is to subdue the Houston Astros in the hitter's haven that is Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, the Angels right-hander will have to keep his emotions out of it.

No trying to show the team that traded him what it's missing. No getting wrapped up in the novelty of facing friends and former teammates.

"Obviously, it's exciting to pitch against my old team, but I'm going to take it like every other start," said Tropeano, who was acquired with catcher Carlos Perez for catcher Hank Conger last November. "It's a playoff race. Every game counts."

Tropeano made one of his four starts for Houston...

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