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Houston Astros' Bud Norris sharp in rehab start for OKC RedHawks

RedHawks beat Omaha 4-3. Norris allowed two runs in five innings of work.
BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, Published: June 23, 2012

“Everything's been going good,” Norris said. “Felt pretty good out there, leg feels good. Got some cobwebs out, but like I said, I'm just glad the leg feels good, that's most important.”

But he also enjoyed the minor league atmosphere again, pitching in the Triple-A ranks for the first time since 2010.

“I haven't been here in awhile,” Norris said. “Haven't been (in Oklahoma City) since '09. Don't remember if I made a start here, but I remember it being a lot hotter last time I was here. They've always had good fans. There's always been people in the seats, which is nice, and it's a nice ballpark.”

On Saturday, he provided the crisp start in front of 10,009 fans, the RedHawks' largest home crowd of the year.

And now, fully healed, Norris prepares for his return flight to Houston, saying goodbye to his one-day teammates and preparing for a return flight to his day job.

A nice vacation for him, a nice win for Oklahoma City.

“I'm still a competitor, and I'm going to go out there and compete,” Norris said. “I know these guys are in first place, been playing really, really well, so I want to go out there and help them win a ballgame. They gave me a little cushion and I kept it right there for them.”