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  • Rockies/Twins Friday May 16th

    Friday May 16th 7:05 MT-TV: FSN-HD | Radio: KOA 850
    TV: FSN | Radio: KSTP-AM/TRN

    _______Rockies 15-26 vs Twins 20-20_______

    _______Ubaldo Jimenez 1-3 5.53era vs Nick Blackburn 3-2 3.93era_______

    Rockies: The right-hander didn't allow many hits in his last start, but a three-run homer to Adrian Gonzalez proved to be the back-breaker. Jimenez allowed three runs on five hits and three walks with a career-high 11 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings to take the loss for his first decision in his last five starts. His lone win came at home against the Braves on April 15 and Jimenez has failed to get past six innings in seven of his eight starts this season.

    Twins: Blackburn earned his third victory of the season in a 9-6 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday. At times the right-hander struggled, but worked through six innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits. He also struck out five batters, walked one and hit two batters. The Twins rookie showed some grit in working out of two jams that could have led to big innings for Boston. He will look to build on his success as Minnesota opens up Interleague Play against the Rockies on Friday in Colorado.

    Colorado, having given up 26 runs in its last four games, could certainly use a boost from Jimenez. The Rockies lost 8-5 to Arizona on Thursday night, allowing eight runs for the second time in three games against the Diamondbacks.

    Colorado posted a 3.94 ERA in interleague play last season, going 10-8.

    Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins, who has hit .317 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs in 27 interleague games at Coors Field, is expected to be back in the lineup after getting a break Thursday.

    This will be the second series between the Rockies and Twins. Minnesota won two of three at home against Colorado in June 2003.

    Center fielder Carlos Gomez was out of the starting lineup Thursday due to a slight case of the flu. Gardenhire said that Gomez was up all night throwing up, and he didn't think it was fair to have him try to play. The speedy center fielder did come in as a late-inning defensive replacement in the ninth inning. ... After a successful bullpen session Thursday, right-hander Scott Baker (strained right groin) is scheduled to head to Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday to begin a rehab assignment. The pitcher will throw two bullpen sessions and likely make a start in an extended Spring Training game on Thursday. A decision will be made following Baker's outing if he is then ready to come off the 15-day DL.

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    Last edited by Old Sweater; 05-16-2008, 12:26 PM.

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