KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Derek Lowe is getting comfortable with
his new team - on the field and off.
Atlanta's new No. 1 starter, signed in the offseason as a free
agent, struck out six in four hitless innings to lead the Braves
over the Houston Astros 7-4 on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old right-hander felt like the new kid in school
when he first joined the team, but has since shed that status and
feels great on the field and at ease in the clubhouse.
Lowe agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract with the Braves
in January after going 14-11 with a 3.24 ERA for the Los Angeles
Dodgers last season.