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Castro among handful of vets on young club

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."

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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