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Split-squad Sunday

The Rockies are playing at Hi Corbett Field and at Tucson Electric Park, against the D-backs in both games.

Here is the lineup fro the game at Hi Corbett:

Eric Young Jr., 2B

Clint Barmes, SS

Carlos Gonzalez, CF

Miguel Olivo, C

Melvin Mora, 3B

Michael Paulk, 1B

Cole Garner, RF

Jay Payton, LF

Aaron Cook, RHP

Here’s the rest of the pitching: RHP Samuel Deduno, LHP Christian Friedrich, RHP Manuel Corpas, LHP Randy Flores.

Here is the lineup for the game at TEP

Dexter Fowler, CF

Omar Quintanilla, 2B

Seth Smith, LF

Ryan Spilborghs, RF

Ian Stewart, 3B

Chris Iannetta, C

Hector Gomez, SS

Jeff Kindel, 1B

Franklin Morales, LHP

Here is the rest of the pitching schedule: RHP Juan Nicasio, RHP Andrew Graham, RHP Juan Rincon, RHP Justin Speier, LHP Matt Reynolds.

 

The joys and pains of spring

The Spring Training opener saw Rockies outfielder Seth Smith hit a single, a double and a three-run homer. On Friday in his second appearance, however, Smith was the hit-ee, not the hitter.

Giants reliever Brian Wilson drilled him in the right knee with what Smith said, laughing, was “a hard slider.”

Smith is in and out of the starting linuep during the regular season, so he wants to start anytime he can. But Saturday, he gladly took a rest. Although he said he could have played had it been a regular-season game, he was not listed on the lineup at all for the Rockies’ home Cactus League opener against the Brewers.

Guys like Smith, who is one of the game’s best pinch-hitters but is capable of starting for many teams, like getting regular at-bats in Spring Training games. But Smith said the opportunities defensively are just as important.

“It’s different,” Smith said. “You have a hard time simulating before an actual game. It’s tough to get the ball off the bat a lot. It’s good to get out there at game speed, at game time.”

Rockies fundamentally sharp from the start

Eric Young Jr. led off the Rockies’ Cactus League opener by establishing that he and the club will hustle. Young landed a soft hit in front of D-backs right fielder Justin Upton, and didn’t think twice about going for two bases. One weak throw later, and the Rockies were in business.

Then veteran Paul Lo Duca dropped a surprise bunt and beat pitcher Billy Buckner to first base.

The hustle and attention to detail continued until the Rockies had an 11-1 victory at Tucson Electric Park over a D-backs team that, well, looked like it needed some time to get sharp.

“We’ve been back there [at Hi Corbett Field] working on a lot of stuff, and I’m just really pleased,” Tracy said. “We did a lot of positive things that are related to what’s going on.”

With two out and two on in the third, Seth Smith doubled and Chris Iannetta singled with two strikes, and Ian Stewart and Jonathan Herrera added singles to complete a two-run inning. The Rockies were crisp defensively. On the bases, Stewart was picked off second bay D-backs catcher Miguel Montero when he strayed too far from the bag on a ball in the dirt. But that was a mistake by a player trying to be aggressive, so Tracy had no problem with that.

Tracy has said the result of every game of Spring Training is not important, but the intensity and the intelligence with which the Rockies played Thursday are required.

“It’s a Spring Training game, yes, and there are things that we’re looking to see, there are decisions that you make that you’re not going to make during the season because of things that you want to see,” Tracy said. “But you play the game the way you want to play the game from April 5 [Opening Day at Milwaukee] hopefully through the end of October.

“As I told them, we’re going to play every pitch of every game. And if we don’t do that, whoever it is, we’re going to talk about it.”

That’s where right-hander Jason Hammel comes in. In the bottom of the second, Brandon Allen tripled to right-center. The throw to third base bounced past Stewart, but Hammel wasn’t in position to back up the play. Luckily for Hammel and the Rockies, the ball stayed in play and Allen stayed at third.

Hammel’s gaffe didn’t escape the notice of Tracy, who smiled and said, “It’s already been taken care of.

Hammel got the message.

“You have to remember the little things to make big things happen, and unfortunately I didn’t do my part on one — backing up third base,” Hammel said, even though he wasn’t asked about it. “But that won’t happen again. I was snoozing on that one.”

Tracy said he will point out the rare mistakes with pitch selection during the game and keep emphasizing various points.

Time to get started

It’s time to turn on the radio and dream of a regular season ahead. The Rockies will open Cactus League play today at 1:05 p.m. against the D-backs at Tucson Electric Park. Here is the Rockies’ lineup.

2B Eric Young Jr.

1B Paul Lo Duca

CF Carlos Gonzalez

RF Ryan Spilborghs

LF Seth Smith

C Chris Iannetta

3B Ian Stewart

SS Jonathan Herrera

RHP Jason Hammel

Here is the rest of the Rockies’ pitching schedule for today: LHP Jorge De La Rosa, RHP Manuel Corpas, RHP Juan Rincon and LHP Franklin Morales. The backups, in case any pitcher struggles, are right-handers Alberto Alburquerque, Shane Lindsay, Edgmer Escalona and Andrew Johnston.

D-backs pitchers will be RHP Billy Buckner, RHP T.J. Beam, RHP Bob Howry, LHP Tom Layne and RHP Leo Rosales. 

 

Roster set for Cactus League opener

With the Rockies having to play split-squad games in Scottsdale and Tempe on Friday, several frontline players are getting the day off Thursday when the Cactus League schedule opens against the D-backs at Tucson Electric Park.

Making the short trip across Tucson will be both projected catchers, Chris Iannetta and Miguel Olivo, third baseman Ian Stewart, and outfielders Carlos Gonzalez, Seth Smith and Ryan Spilborghs. That means first baseman Todd Helton, second baseman Clint Barmes, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, center fielder Dexter Fowler and right fielder Brad Hawpe won’t make it.

Fowler returned to the club after missing two days with a stomach bug. Fowler said he didn’t lose more than a pound or so, but the Rockies told him to take it easy while working out Wednesday and gradually rebuild stamina. Hawpe also is working into condition after missing four days early in camp with an infected ingrown toenail.

Melvin Mora and Eric Young Jr., utility players who will be used in the infield and outfield, will make the trip. Manager Jim Tracy said early in the spring Mora would play third base, where he played last year for the Orioles, but he’ll be worked into other positions, including the outfield and first base. Young played left field in Monday’s intrasquad game, and will see time at third base and center field in addition to his natural positoin of second.

Rockies near top of Bill James list

The just-published Bill James Gold Mine 2010 — a paperback chock full of analysis, notes and nuggets published by ACTA Sports Inc. – lists the Rockies as having the second-best inventory of young talent in baseball.

The Rockies ranked behind only the Rays, and were just ahead of the Twins.

“The Rockies rank 2nd in young position players, 7th in young pitching, 19th in prospects,” said James, a leading baseball statistical analyst for more than 30 years. “The top five are Troy Tulowitzki, Huston Street, Ubaldo Jimenez, Brad Hawpe and Seth Smith.”

James ranked the Rockies seventh last year.

James also listed the 20 “most valuable properties” among players — young stars with upside. Tulowitzki, the Rockies’ shortstop, was ranked 17th, the highest of any Rockies player.

Outfield arrivals

Brad Hawpe and Seth Smith arrived at camp this morning. Maybe they were smart. After a cold, rainy Monday, the sun is back today. It’ll still be cool, at least for Tucson, but things will pick up toward the end of the week. Officially, position players are due to report Thursday, and the first full-squad workout is Friday.

Gonzalez staying off soggy ground

Rockies manager Jim Tracy emphasized Wednesday that left fielder Carlos Gonzalez’s left hamstring is not strained or pulled. Gonzalez did leave Tuesday night’s 11-10 victory over the Padres with tightness in the hamstring. But Tracy said that was for precautionary reasons.

Not putting him in the lineup on Wednesday was yet another precaution. It rained much of the day in Denver, and the temperature is likely not to be much higher than Tuesday’s gametime temp of 48.

Seth Smith, who replaced Gonzalez on Tuesday, was in the lineup in left field and in the leadoff spot.

Tracy also announced that Rafael Betancourt, who suffered soreness in his right calf after pitching Saturday at Arizona, was to throw a touch-and-feel bullpen session, in hopes that he’ll be available to return to game action soon.

 

Rockies drop Barmes to eighth, sit Hawpe

The hitting woes and defensive wonder of Clint Barmes are well-chronicled. Manager Jim Tracy admitted Thursday morning that he considered giving Barmes Thursday off against Phillies lefty standout Cliff Lee. However, the glove kept him on the field. Sinkerball specialist Aaron Cook is pitching for the Rockies, and needs top-notch defense.

However, Tracy dropped Barmes to eighth in the order.

He also gave a day off to All-Star right fielder Brad Hawpe, who has gone 5-for-31 (.161) on the current road trip.

Here are the lineups:

Rockies

Dexter Fowler, CF

Seth Smith, LF

Todd Helton, 1B

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Garrett Atkins, 3B

Ryan Spilborghs, RF

Chris Iannetta, C

Clint Barmes, 2B

Aaron Cook, P

Phillies

Jimmy Rollins, SS

Shane Victorino, CF

Chase Utley, 2B

Ryan Howard, 1B

Raul Ibanez, LF

Jayson Werth, RF

Pedro Feliz, 3B

Paul Bako, C

Cliff Lee, P

Not worried about the West

Rockies manager Jim Tracy was asked about his team’s 16-22 record against the National League West. His reply was, essentially, the record isn’t as bad as it looks.

“I don’t think we’ve had struggles inside the National League West,” Tracy said. “I think we had some struggles specifically with one club in the early part of the season. But as far as the rest of the division is concerned, we played very good baseball.”

 

That one club, of course, is the Dodgers, against whom the Rockies are 2-10.

 

“And as we go forward, we have to be mindful of that, and hopefully through the months of August and September rectify that situation somewhat,” Tracy said. “I said at the end of the L.A. series, we’re 2-10 against them, I believe. But as far as I’m concerned, you can take those 12 games and throw them out the window because the six games we have left with them are the most important. Not to say that the other 12 weren’t, but they don’t have much baring moving forward because of where we’ve come from and where we’re at sitting here today.”

 

Well, that’s a subject for another time. The Rockies first post-All-Star break series at home is against the D-backs. And the Rox are 4-5 against them.

 

Here are the lineups:

 

D-backs
Stephen Drew, SS
Ryan Roberts, 2B
Justin Upton, RF
Mark Reynolds, 1B
Gerardo Parra, LF
Chris Young, CF
Luke Carlin, C
Augie Ojeda, 3B
Doug Davis, P
 
Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF
Clint Barmes, 2B
Todd Helton, 1B
Brad Hawpe, RF
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Ian Stewart, 3B
Seth Smith, LF
Chris Iannetta, C
Jorge De La Rosa, P
 
In another development, outfielder Ryan Spilborghs is not with the team tonight. He is with his wife, Stacey, for the anticipated birth of the couple’s first child. Spilborghs earlier announced that the girl will be named Kierra Esperanza Spilborghs, in honor of Ryan’s mother, Esperanza, who died during Spring Training after a long illness.
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