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By DICK SCANLON
Associated Press
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve has quickly become the most stable player in the lineup of the Houston Astros.
At the age of 22, the 5-foot-5 Altuve will bat first or second and reluctantly assume a leadership role as the Astros make their move to the American League this season.
Altuve, who batted .290 and led Houston in runs, hits, doubles, triples and stolen bases in 2012, has played less than a season and a half in the major leagues.
The Astros will open their exhibition season Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Fla.

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