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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- With a little more than a week to go before the Astros break camp and head back to Houston, it is the time of the spring when the players who are on the bubble can't help but wonder if they will be on the roster on Opening Day.

One of those battling for a roster spot is outfielder Trevor Crowe, who has made a good impression in camp. The former first-round Draft pick by the A's entered Tuesday hitting .318 with two doubles, two triples and five RBIs in 22 at-bats.

Crowe, 29, says he is trying not to focus on where he will start the season.

"That's all just part of the process of going through Spring Training and getting ready for the regular season," Crowe said. "The only thing you can really do is focus on the things you have to do to be able to succeed every day. Baseball is a funny game, and it all has a way of working itself out over time."

Crowe, a non-roster invitee this year, is no stranger to fighting for a spot during the spring. He opened the 2009 season on the Indians' roster after David Dellucci was placed on the disabled list and wound up appearing in 68 games in his big league debut.

"It's Spring Training, and in three years in the big leagues I've learned when they turn the lights on it's the same game, but it's a different game," Crowe said. "It's really important right now for you to handle your business and make sure when you're in Yankee Stadium that you're ready to go and you're confident about your routine and what you're going to be able to produce on a daily basis."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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