Jose Altuve the Astros’ infield rock

Jose Altuve the Astros’ infield rock

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HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros singles against the Philadelphia Phillies at Minute Maid Park on September 15, 2012 in Houston, Texas.

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by DICK SCANLON / The Associated Press

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Posted on February 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve has quickly become the most stable player in the lineup of the Houston Astros.

At the age of 22, the 5-foot-5 Altuve will bat first or second and reluctantly assume a leadership role as the Astros make their move to the American League this season.

Altuve, who batted .290 and led Houston in runs, hits, doubles, triples and stolen bases in 2012, has played less than a season and a half in the major leagues.

The Astros will open their exhibition season Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Fla.

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