With Ankiel Gone, Pena Embraces Challenge of Leading Astros

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With Ankiel Gone, Pena Embraces Challenge of Leading Astros
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Rick Ankiel was gone, and Carlos Pena was left alone. On the road, the veteran duo often sat, dressed, prepared, talked and laughed side by side inside the Astros' cramped clubhouse. At Minute Maid Park, Ankiel and Pena would pull their chairs close together, backs to the media, quietly picking apart another loss by a rebuilding team and trying to figure out answers to long-term problems they had little control over.

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