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Bigger bat means better Smith

The Rockies’ Seth Smith entered Sunday’s start against the Athletics with a five-game hit streak. He is 3-for-8 with two home runs and six RBIs as a DH.

That coincides with Smith going to a bigger bat, from 34-inch, 31-ounce to 35-inch, 32-ounce. it makes a difference.

“This is the biggest I’ve used,” Smith said. “I tried it in batting practice and liked it.

“It makes you stay back. If you get out on your front foot at all, you’re not going to get the barrel on the baseball. Staying back is the ideal hitting position. And with a heavier bat, I can hit the ball a little bit harder.”

His new bats haven’t arrived, however. He is using Todd Helton’s.

“He’s pretty lenient,” Smith said.

Here are Sunday’s lineups:

Rockies

Dexter Fowler, CF

Clint Barmes, 2B

Todd Helton, 1B

Brad Hawpe, RF

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Ian Stewart, 3B

Chris Iannetta, C

Carlos Gonzalez, LF

Seth Smith, DH

Starting pitcher — Aaron Cook

Athletics

Adam Kennedy, 3B

Jack Cust, RF

Matt Holliday, LF

Jason Giambi, 1B

Kurt Suzuki, DH

Orlando Cabrera, SS

Ryan Sweeney, CF

Landon Powell, C

Mark Ellis, 2B

Starting pitcher — Vin Mazzaro

 

Street enjoying visit to old address

The boos from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum crowd surprised Rockies closer Huston Street on Friday night. But they didn’t hurt him, emotionally or on the mound, where threw a perfect inning for the save in a 4-2 victory over the Athletics.

 

“That’s fine,” Street said. “I’m not their guy anymore.

 

“I thought I’d have a little bit extra rush,” Street said. “Maybe it was because I faced [Orlando] Cabrera first. He had never been one of my teammates. The once you get the first out, it was very much like [normal]. We had a two-run lead and I didn’t want them to get anyone on base.”

 

Street said before the game sharing stries with his old teammates made the experience fun. The time Street has been in a Rockies uniform gave him quite a few stories to discuss with old friends.

 

Street won the closer job in Spring Training, lost it in late April even though he didn’t blow a save, and regained it. Through it all, he has succeeded on all but one of his 18 save chances.

 

That’s quite a bit of activity for a guy that folks thought wouldn’t still be here.

 

Street came as part of the Matt Holliday trade with the Athletics in November. But with Manuel Corpas on the club, there was immediate speculation that the Rockies would flip Street to another club. It didn’t happen then. Streets name came up in trade rumors early this year when the Rockies struggled early, but now that the team has jumped into the Wild Card race — and Corpas is out with a bone chip issue in his elbow — that has died again.<p>

 

“I want to be a part,” Street said. ‘This is our job, like anything else. You want to feel comfortable when you have your job. You want to be happy to go to work every day. When your job entails winning, where there’s a game to be played, you want to feel you have a chance to win when you show up every day. I feel like I’ve got all three of those things.”

 

Street has welcomed the trade all along, despite the brief period when former manager Clint Hurdle removed him because his pitches weren’t crisp. It was in a stretch when save opportunities were few, but Street understood.

 

“When I got the closer’s job in Spring Training, they said, ‘You’re going to have to pitch well to keep it,’ so I didn’t keep it,” Street said. “I felt Clint was very honest about me when he gave me the job, when he took the job from me, and when he gave it back to me. That’s why I have so much respect for that man. As a team we took full responsibility for what happened to him.

 

“That being said, Jim Tracy, our new manager, I can not say enough great things about that man. It’s not a compare and contrast. Simply, Jim Tacy has come in and done a fantastic job. He’s made little adjustments with the team that we needed. We needed a little bit added discipline.”

 

During his inning on Friday, Street took a line drive off his right forearm.  The arm was heavily iced on Saturday. Tracy said Street was available for the game.

 

Tracy hopes De La Rosa lets it flow

Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa has experienced some wild swings this season, sometimes within the same game. But going into Saturday night’s start against the Athletics, he’s swinging the right way. He has won three of his last four starts.

“He’s a get-untracked type guy,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “I don’t know that he’s the type of guy where every single time he walks out there, he’s completely untracked right from jump street. I don’t think that’s the case.

“He has special pitches. He’s got swing-and-miss type pitches that if he’s trying to get untracked, he can make a couple of those pitches and they can get him through some things.

“The biggest thing that I want to see with Jorge is tempo. I believe his tempo can get a little bit better, not only make him better but also the people that are standing behind him.”

In lineup news, Clint Barmes, who went 2-for-4 from the No. 9 slot Friday night, is back in his customary No. 2 position.

Here are the lineups as the Rockies attempt to win the series:

Rockies

Seth Smith, LF

Clint Barmes, 2B

Todd Helton, 1B

Brad Hawpe, RF

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Ian Stewart, 3B

Garrett Atkins, 3B

Carlos Gonzalez, CF

Paul Phillips, C

Starting pitcher — Jorge De La Rosa

Athletics

Adam Kennedy, 2B

Kurt Suzuki, C

Matt Holliday, LF

Nomar Garciaparra, DH

Jason Giamba, 1B

Orlando Cabrera, SS

Jack Cust, RF

Bobby Crosby, 3B

Rajai Davis, CF

Atkins siezes chance; Time to take notice?

This could turn out well for third baseman Garrett Atkins and the Rockies.

Atkins lashed three hits, including a home run, Wednesday against the Angels, and is back in the lineip for Friday night’s opener of three against the Athletics. If this is Atkins’ showcase for a trade, then so be it.

Atkins has hit .302 (13-for-43) this month, with three home runs and six RBIs in 15 games. Also, the Athletics are starting left-hander Dallas Braden, and Atkins is 9-for-his-last-21 against lefties.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy is proud of how Atkins has worked despite being supplanted by Ian Stewart at third base.

“He has been a complete professional,” Tracy said. “And I really believe if I’m looking at this correctly, from some of the types of at-bats I’ve seen him take as of late, he’s real interested of making a statement, ‘I’m still the Garrett Atkins that drove in over 100 runs three out of the last four years.’

“If he continues to force the issue that way, then obviously he will force our hand to do something very positive for the Colorado Rockies.”

Atkins will hit cleanup and clint Barmes, who went 0-for-12 in three games against the Angels, will bat ninth. Ryan Spilborghs moves into Barmes’ No. 2 hole. Here are the full lineups for both teams:

Rockies

Dexter Fowler, CF

Ryan Spilborghs, LF

Todd Helton, 1B

Garrett Atkins, DH

Brad Hawpe, RF

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Chris Iannetta, C

Ian Stewart, 3B

Clint Barmes, 2B

Starting pitcher — Jason Hammel

Athletics

Adam Kennedy, 2B

Jack Cust, RF

Matt Holliday, LF

Jason Giambi, DH

Kurt Suzuki, C

Orlando Cabrera, SS

Ryan Sweeney, CF

Daric Barton, 1B

Jack Hannahan, 3B

Starting pitcher — Dallas Braden

 

 

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