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Astros' success will depend on stability of pitching staff

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 27 2010 12:17 a.m. MST

ROUND ROCK, Texas — Matt Lindstrom is all about saves.

The newest reliever for the Houston Astros pitched for the Florida

Marlins for the past three seasons and joined the Astros, his third

team, over the winter. The 6-foot-4-inch right-hander — who threw for

a college that doesn't go by the same name any more, or still have a

baseball program — brings a fastball that's been clocked as high as

102 mph, along with a nasty slider.

Yes, Lindstrom is all about saves.

On the baseball diamond, too.

He wants to earn the closer's role for the Astros at spring

training, but he's just as interested in saving souls for the Mormon

church and has been since he went on a two-year mission to Sweden at

age 19.

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