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No patience with walks

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle has attempted to maintain a consistent and calm demeanor, even though the execution and fundamentals the Rockies emphasized all spring have been lacking. But that patience disappears when relievers can’t throw strikes in the late innings of close games.

Huston Street lost his closer job that way last week at Wrigley Field. Tuesday night, Hurdle unceremoniously yanked righty setup man Jason Grilli when he walked two in the eighth inning of the 9-6 victory over the D-backs.

There would have been cause for Hurdle to try to let Grilli escape. By using lefty Alan Embree to complete the inning, Hurdle left himself with only Manuel Corpas to finish the game. The only other reliever on the squad, Jason Hammel, had thrown two innings the previous game, and Franklin Morales’ injury early in Tuesday’s game meant Hammel was going to move into the starting rotation.

But he was not going to lose a game because Grilli wasn’t throwing strikes.

“We’ve got no time for walks late in ballgames,” Hurdle said. “Nobody. We’re not going to put up with that. If you can’t throw the ball over the plate late in a ballgame, I’ve got to get somebody else. It’s that simple.

“If you want more, and you’ve got an opportunity to do more but you walk two left-handed batters and you’re missing on your arm side six or seven straight pitches, I’ve got to go get you. He knows that.

“You saw the guy two nights ago, then you saw the guy last night. I asked him, ‘Which guy are you?’ That’s part of the challenge that’s in front of him. If you want more, do more.”

Here are the lineups for Wednesday afternoon:

Rockies

Ryan Spilborghs              CF

Jeff Baker                        2B

Todd Helton                     1B

Garrett Atkins                  3B

Brad Hawpe                     RF

Troy Tulowitzki                SS

Chris Iannetta                   C

Seth Smith                      LF

Jorge De La Rosa              P

D-backs

Felipe Lopez                   2B

Stephen Drew                 SS

Conor Jackson                LF

Mark Reynolds               3B

Chad Tracy                    1B

Chris Young                   CF

Eric Byrnes                    RF

Chris Snyder                   C

Dan Haren                      P

Wrigley in the rain

Who knows if we’re going to get in the Cubs’ home opener. It’s been raining steadily all day. But if it works out, here are the lineups:

Rockies

Dexter Fowler          CF

Ryan Spilborghs       LF

Todd Helton             1B

Brad Hawpe            RF

Troy Tulowitzki        SS

Jeff Baker               2B

Chris Iannetta           C

Ubaldo Jimenez        P

Cubs

Alfonso Soriano      LF

Ryan Theriot          SS

Kosuke Fukudome  RF

Derrek Lee             1B

Mike Fontenot         3B

Reed Johnson         CF

Aaron Miles            2B

Koyie Hill                 C

Ted Lilly                   P

 

Helton takes a seat

The Rockies promised all along that they would be smart about first baseman Todd Helton’s playing time, since he’s 35 and coming off back problems. So he did not start agianst D-backs left-hander Doug Davis on Wednesday. The team is off on Thursday, so he’ll go into Friday’s home opener with plenty of rest.

Right fielder Brad Hawpe was the only left-handed hitter in the lineup. It’s the first start of the year for center fielder Dexter Fowler, third baseman Jeff Baker and catcher Yorvit Torrealba.

Here’s the Rockies’ lineup:

Dexter Fowler            CF

Troy Tulowitzki          SS

Ryan Spilborghs        LF

Garrett Atkins            1B

Brad Hawpe               RF

Jeff Baker                 3B

Clint Barmes             2B

Yorvit Torrealba           C

 

Here is the D-backs’ lineup against lefty Franklin Morales.

Felipe Lopez               2B

Stephen Dres              SS

Chris Young                CF

Conor Jackson             1B

Mark Reynolds             3B

Eric Byrnes                  LF

Chris Snyder                 C

Justin Upton                RF

Doug Davis                   P

 

 

Game 2 lineup — Barmes is in there

The Rockies went with the lineup that was expected coming out of Spring Training. That means Clint Barmes, who didn’t start Monday’s opener (Ian Stewart went 1-for-3 with an RBI before being replaced by Barmes, who was 0-for-2), is in the lineup.

Stewart was in for the left-on-right matchup with D-backs starter Brandon Webb. Tonight’s starter, Dan Haren, also is a tough righty. But it turns out there isn’t a favorable matchup for the two second basemen. Barmes is 1-for-12 and Stewart 1-for-9 against Haren. The other second baseman for the Rockies, Jeff Baker, is 1-for-2 against Haren.

Those who hit Haren well are catcher Chris Iannetta (4-for-9, .444), center fielder Ryan Spilborghs (4-for-11, .364) and third baseman Garrett Atkins (4-for-13, .308, 1 HR, 4 RBIs).

At any rate, here is the lineup:

Ryan Spilborghs         CF

Seth Smith                 LF

Todd Helton                1B

Garrett Atkins             3B

Brad Hawpe                RF

Troy Tulowitzki            SS

Chris Iannetta               C

Clint Barmes               2B

Ubaldo Jimenez            P

The last days of sweat …

Manager Clint Hurdle announced the position players for his Opening Day roster, but until the team takes the field Monday against the D-backs no one can be sure.

This makes for nervous moments for some players.

– Utility man Jeff Baker is considered a player who could hit for power with regular playing time. Manager Clint Hurdle will try to find that for him, but there’s always a shot that another team with a greater opportunity for him at third base may want to make a trade.

– It looks as if right-hander Juan Morillo will make the squad. Morillo is out of options but has pitched well enough in camp to earn a job. However, the Denver Post reported Wednesday that the Rockies are considering trading for the Rays’ Jason Hammel, a starter type, or the Cubs’ Chad Gaudin.

Right-hander Matt Belisle, who looks to be the odd man out with the Rockies, also is in a fluid situation, since deals could open a spot for him here or something could pop elsewhere.

Baker on the move, out of the lineup

Rockies infielder Jeff Baker, who has played just two games this spring because of an elbow strain, originally was supposed to start at third base Tuesday against the Royals. The first lineup card had him at second base. But before gametime, Baker was out of the lineup, but he could see some time at first base.

There was no new injury. It’s just that Baker has not had enough time taking groundballs and making throws as a third baseman or second baseman to be put into a game at those two spots.

“Today, I took some grounders at second, which was a good first step,” Baker said. “I just want to brach out. Hopefully, I’ll keep doing good and keep progressing.”

Third baseman Garrett Atkins did special exercises and stretches for his strained right groin. Head trainer Keith Dugger said Atkins will take the day off with the rest of the club Wednesday, then do more exercises and hitting Thursday before the club decides the next move.

The lineup:

Ryan Spilborghs              CF

Seth Smith                     LF

Todd Helton                    1B

Brad Hawpe                    RF

Troy Tulowitzki                SS

Clint Barmes                  2B

Christian Colonel            3B

Yorvit Torrealba                C

Ubaldo Jimenez               P 

Colonel wows his manager

Prospect Christian Colonel, who has received extensive playing time this spring because of injuries to third basemen Garrett Atkins and Jeff Baker, had manager Clint Hurdle talking about his ninth-inning, three-run homer in Monday’s 8-3 victory over the D-backs at Tucson Electric Park.

“I was waiting to hear some cars,” Hurdle said before making a car alarm sound.

– Baker, limited to two games this spring because of an elbow issue, was available but did not play Monday. Hurdle said Baker will start at third base on Tuesday against the Royals.

– Atkins has been out lately with a strained right hip flexor, but told the Denver Post on Monday that his right groin is sore, and limiting his lateral movement. Hurdle said after Monday’s game that there is no reason to push him into the lineup Tuesday. The club is off on Wednesday.

– Closer candidate Huston Street struck out two in two spotless innings on Monday. After struggling in his first two official spring outings, Street has thrown three perfect innings in his last two appearances. Righty releiver Jason Grilli, coming off a poor outing against the Mariners (three hits, two runs in one inning), walked one on Monday but pitched a scoreless inning. Lefty Glendon Rusch was credited with a save Monday after giving up three hits and a walk but no runs in two innings. He has thrown 4 1/3 scoreless innings in Cactus League games. He did give up two runs, one earned, in an intrasquad contest.

Baker ready to play

Infielder-outfielder Jeff Baker, who has been limited to two appearances this spring because of an elbow issue, is in uniform for the Rockies for their game against the D-backs at Tucson Electric Park on Monday. Baker said he doesn’t know how much he will play or what position.

Baker taking it easy

Utility man Jeff Baker is being careful with his right elbow, which has been sore since the start of Spring Training. Baker, who was scratched from Saturday’s game because of elbow tenderness, had a cortisone shot a couple of weeks ago.

“I’ve been able to hit the whole time,” said Baker, who said the injury didn’t occur on a single swing or throw. “But we’re switching up some medication and trying to get some better anti-inflammatories. I’m going to take a couple days and try to let it kick in, knock the pain out and keep going.”

He doesn’t think his absence will be long-term.

Third baseman-outfielder Ian Stewart had hoped to swing in the batting cage on Sunday, but he wound up having treatment instead.

Lineups are in, Baker is out

The Rockies put up a lineup for this afternoon against the Dodgers, and already have a change. Jeff Baker was supposed to be designated hitter, but he was scratched for Matt Murton because of tenderness in his right elbow.

Speaking of injuries, third baseman-outfielder Ian Stewart said he is gradually healing from a left biceps strain he suffered while swinging before Thursday’s game. Stewart said he is hoping to return to the batting cage on Sunday.

So here’s today’s lineup:

Eric Young Jr.            2B

Scott Podsednik        LF

Troy Tulowitzki          SS

Matt Murton              DH

Yorvit Torrealba          C

Daniel Ortmeier        1B

Carlos Gonzalez       CF

Christian Colonel      RF

Jason Marquis          P

Jorge De La Rosa and Josh Fogg also are schedueld to throw two innings apiece.

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