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Castro among handful of vets on young club

OAKLAND -- Astros catcher Jason Castro is in his third full season with the parent club. He's not yet arbitration-eligible. And he's one of the veterans of the team.

"It's a crazy thing," Castro said. "Overall I don't have that much experience, but here, I'm one of the older guys."

Carlos Pena is the oldest, at 35, and just one of six players 30 or older.

The team is growing up together, though, and Castro, who bats in the No. 3 hole, has been valuable in his ability to handle a young pitching staff.

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com.
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