Jimenez is official for Opening Day

The Rockies named right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez the starter for Opening Day, April 5 at Milwaukee.

That was expected. Jimenez went 15-12 with a club-record 3.47 ERA last season.

What wasn’t expected was how it came about. Manager Jim Tracy said right-hander Aaron Cook, who started last year’s opener and is considered the staff’s veteran leader, came to him and said he wanted to be in the room when Tracy informed Jimenez. That’s what occurred. It was a moment of respect between two talented pitchers.

More to come.

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