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Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa passed the biggest test of the spring in Sunday’s 6-6 tie with the Athletics. He pitched 5 2/3 innings without his best stuff, and held the Athletics to one run on seven scattered hits. De La Rosa struck out three, and the only run came on Jake Fox’s second-inning home run.
De La Rosa forced three double-play grounders, and had two sequences that demonstrated why he won 16 games last year and is being trusted with this year’s home opener — April 9 against the Padres.
The first two Athletics batters of the game, Coco Crisp and Rajai Davis, singled. But two groundballs later, including one by Eric Chavez for a double play, De La Rosa had a scoreless frame. In the second he bounced a pitch off the foot of Adam Rosales. It took an umpires’ conference to award Rosales first base. Instead of losing his cool, De La Rosa picked Rosales off first base.
“Not I know if I don’t have my best stuff, I can still pitch,” De La Rosa said.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy said, “He continues to show signs of understanding that you can’t let things get away from you.”
De La Rosa has a 1.80 ERA with 19 strikeouts and five walks this spring.
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:
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
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