Fowler providing leadership role for Astros

Fowler providing leadership role for Astros
April 2, 2014, 11:00 am
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Dexter Fowler doesn't just lead off the Astros' batting order. He's also helping to lead by example.

The outfielder who is entering his seventh big-league season started the game off with a double to Tal's Hill. He got another double his next time up and played a steady game in center field. He wound up finishing 2-4 with two runs scored as the Astros defeated the Yankees 6-2 on Tuesday night.

"He's one of those special guys," manager Bo Porter said. "He understands exactly where he's at in his career. He's been a young player that was nurtured by some veteran players, so he kind of feels like he's in that role now where it's time to give back to the game. And he's going to bring it every day on and off the field. He's a great teammate. He's one of those guys that when something needs to be said, he's not afraid to say it. And the reason he's able to do it is because he goes about his business the right way every day."

Before the Astros' opener, Fowler got each of his teammates and Astros staff members a gift.

"(It was) a toast for Opening Day," Fowler said. "It was a lot of guys' first Opening Day. We're just toasting to a new beginning and we're excited about it."

While he used to be the young guy being brought along with the Rockies, Fowler is now one of the elder statesmen in the Astros' clubhouse.

"It keeps you young," Fowler said. "I just turned 28, but these guys, you walk in the clubhouse and there's a sense of urgency that's very exciting."

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