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  • Rockies/Twins Sat May 17th

    Sat May 17th 6:05 MT-TV: FSN-HD | Radio: KOA 850

    TV: FSN | Radio: KSTP-AM/TRN

    _______Rockies vs Twins_______

    _______Greg Reynolds 0-1 6.35era vs Livan Hernandez 6-1 3.90era_______

    Rockies: The 21-year-old right-hander was not in awe of big leaguers in his Major League debut and will likely get another shot. The Rockies have optioned left-hander Mark Redman to Triple-A Colorado Springs to get regular work and are hoping Reynolds can pitch well enough to keep the spot in the rotation. Reynolds allowed four runs on six hits and two walks with a strikeout, but also gave up two homers to take the loss.

    Twins: The Twins knew that they were getting an innings-eater when they signed Hernandez at the start of Spring Training. But he's been even better than expected to start the year. Hernandez picked up his sixth win of the season, holding the Red Sox to just three runs on 10 hits over six innings. He didn't get his sixth win in 2007 until July 24. The Twins are now 8-1 in games that Hernandez starts, giving the team lots of confidence when he's on the mound. He's gotten his fair share of run support too, but he'll have the chance to help his own cause when he faces the Rockies at Coors Field in Interleague Play. Renowned for his bat, Hernandez is a career .232 hitter with nine home runs in 789 at-bats.

    Troy Tulowitzki is making progress in his rehabilitation, sticking with the Rockies and focusing primarily on non-baseball activity at this point. "He's improving every day," head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said Friday. "He's playing light catch. He's doing some light jogging activity, pain-free. He's amping up the strengthening exercises for his leg. He's not doing any agility drills yet. He hit off the tee a few swings, pain free. He's on course." ... Additionally, pitchers Jason Hirsh and Luis Vizcaino both threw in a simulated game at extended Spring Training in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday. Hirsh threw 45 pitches in three innings and Vizcaino threw 25 pitches in two innings, with both emerging pain-free. ... The Rockies have four errors in their past three games, including two on Friday, a missed catch of a pickoff throw by Todd Helton and a fumbled grounder by Garrett Atkins, both contributing to run-scoring rallies. ... Willy Taveras stole his team-high 16th base Friday, swiping third in the eighth inning. He is 6-for-6 stealing third this season, and has 11 consecutive successful steal attempts.

    Carlos Gomez was back in the starting lineup on Friday after coming off the bench in Thursday's game due to the flu. Gomez said he's feeling much better and that the bug lasted less than 24 hours. ... Scott Baker left for Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday to begin his rehab stint. He's expected to throw his first bullpen session on Saturday. Baker still feels a little something in the groin, so the plan is to take the process slow. ... On Thursday, the Twins claimed Minor League shortstop Sergio Santos from the Blue Jays. Santos is a former first round pick of the Diamondbacks in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. The Twins have assigned him to Triple-A Rochester. ... The last Twins pitcher to hit a home run was Jim Kaat, who recorded his last homer on June 11, 1972. The Twins' starter on Saturday, Hernandez, has nine homers in his career.

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