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Colorado (10-10)100000002380

Reds 4, Rockies 3

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jorge De La Rosa is happy again.

"I'm always happy when I start throwing baseballs again," the Colorado pitcher said.

While De La Rosa wasn't pleased that the Rockies lost 4-3 to Cincinnati Monday night at Salt River Fields the big-picture outlook on the upcoming season give him reason to smile.

De La Rosa missed most of the past two seasons after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow in May 2011. He underwent Tommy John surgery and didn't pitch again until September of last season. He started three games, but made it out of the fourth inning only once and was shelled for 11 earned runs on 17 hits.

With a new season upon him, the 31-year-old left-hander appears to be ready to return as a mainstay in the Rockies rotation - De La Rosa started 75 games from 2008-10 for Colorado.

De La Rosa pitched five solid innings against the Reds, his third good outing in a row. He allowed one earned run two hits and two walks. He totaled four strikeouts, twice fanning Cincinnati slugger Jay Bruce.

"Changeup, slider were good," De La Rosa said. "Location was much better than before."

De La Rosa faced the minimum three batters in all but one of his innings. He stumbled in the third when he gave up a leadoff walk to Zach Cozart and RBI double to Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo.

De La Rosa has pitched well lately. In his past 10 2-3 innings, he has held opponents to two earned runs, eight hits and six walks, while tallying 12 strikeouts.

Through strength and speed training, De La Rosa believes he's returning to form that saw him go 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA before getting hurt in 2011.

"I'm getting better every time, better and better," he said. "First two (outings) were normal for me because I wasn't pitching for a long time. I made adjustments, last two and this one. It's working."

Before the game, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Jhoulys Chacin will be the team's opening day starter when Colorado plays at Milwaukee April 1 and Jeff Francis will start the home opener against San Diego on April 5.

Chacin was named the starter a day after he allowed four earned runs on nine hits, no walks and one strikeout in 4 2-3 innings against San Francisco.

Chacin, a 25-year-old right-hander, started 14 games last season for Colorado, posting a 3-5 record and 4.43 ERA.

De La Rosa said he hasn't been told where he'll be slotted in the Rockies' rotation.

"I don't care if I'm first, second, (fifth)," he said. "I'll be OK.I just want to pitch, that's all I want."

NOTES: Reds starter Bronson Arroyo allowed one earned run on five hits, two walks and a strikeout in 5 2-3 innings., recording his first win of the spring. . RF Jay Bruce hit his third home run of the spring and struck out twice. . Reliever J.J. Hoover struck out all four batters he faced. . CF Billy Hamilton tripled in his first at-bat. . Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was scratched from the lineup and given the day off to rest after returning from the World Baseball Classic. He was replaced by Cesar Izturis. . Colorado CF Dexter Fowler homered in his first at-bat. . Colorado assigned RHP Mike McClendon, LHP Nick Schmidt, C Jose Gonzalez, INF Tommy manzella, INF Henry Wrigley ad OF Kent Matthes to its minor league camp. . On Tuesday, Juan Nicasio will start for Colorado, which plays at Kansas City, and Homer Bailey will start for Cincinnati, which hosts the Chicago White Sox.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Herrera
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Cincinnati

B. Arroyo
IP 5.2
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 1
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Heisey, CF3000013 .263
    Billy Hamilton, CF1110000 .174
Cesar Izturis, 2B3110001 .300
    Devin Lohman, 2B0001000 .000
Donald Lutz, 1B3011010 .303
    Travis Mattair, 1B1000010 .250
Ryan Ludwick, LF4000001 .111
    Derrick Robinson, LF0000000 .313
Jay Bruce, RF3111020 .206
    Denis Phipps, RF1000000 .267
Todd Frazier, 3B3000000 .250
    J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
   a- Miguel Olivo, PH1000010 .138
    Drew Hayes, P0000000 .000
Zack Cozart, SS2110100 .270
    Jason Donald, SS1000011 .313
Ryan Hanigan, C3010001 .375
    Corky Miller, C1000001 .214
Bronson Arroyo, P10111001.000
    Emmanuel Burriss, 3B1000001 .263
Totals3247427  
a-struck out (wild pitch) for Hensley in the 9th
Batting
2B - Cesar Izturis (2, Friedrich), Bronson Arroyo (1, De La Rosa)
3B - Billy Hamilton (2, Betancourt)
HR - Jay Bruce (3, Friedrich)
SF - Devin Lohman (1)
RBI - Devin Lohman (1), Donald Lutz (9), Jay Bruce (6), Bronson Arroyo (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Bruce (1)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Cozart-Izturis-Lutz, Cozart-Izturis-Lutz
E - Emmanuel Burriss (2, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo (W,1-1) 5.2511211 3.09
J.J. Hoover (H,1) 1.1000040 2.25
Clay Hensley (H,2) 1000000 4.50
Drew Hayes (S,1) 1321011 3.86
WP - Drew Hayes (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 33-24, J.J. Hoover 12-12, Clay Hensley 3-3, Drew Hayes 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 11-3, Clay Hensley 2-1, Drew Hayes 2-0
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 22, J.J. Hoover 4, Clay Hensley 3, Drew Hayes 6
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF3111112 .367
Charlie Blackmon, LF4000001 .462
Todd Helton, 1B2000100 .214
    Ben Paulsen, 1B1111000 .500
Wilin Rosario, C3010001 .360
    Yorvit Torrealba, C1010000 .500
Tyler Colvin, RF4100012 .226
Chris Nelson, 3B2010000 .233
    Nolan Arenado, 3B2000020 .258
Charlie Culberson, 2B3000011 .136
    DJ LeMahieu, 2B1010000 .208
Jonathan Herrera, SS2020000 .278
    Christian Friedrich, P0000000 .000
   a- Gustavo Molina, PH1000010 .333
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
   b- Corey Dickerson, PH1000001 .333
Jorge De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
   c- Reid Brignac, PH-SS2000002 .176
Totals3238226  
a-struck out for Friedrich in the 7th
b-grounded out for Batista in the 9th
c-lined out for De La Rosa in the 5th
Batting
2B - Jonathan Herrera 2 (2, Arroyo, Arroyo)
HR - Dexter Fowler (2, Arroyo), Ben Paulsen (2, Hayes)
SH - Jorge De La Rosa (1)
RBI - Dexter Fowler (4), Ben Paulsen (7)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Culberson-Brignac-Helton, Culberson-Brignac-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa 5211240 2.84
Christian Friedrich (L,0-1) 2422001 9.00
Rafael Betancourt 1111010 3.00
Miguel Batista 1000020 5.40
WP - Miguel Batista (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 34-26, Christian Friedrich 14-11, Rafael Betancourt 7-7, Miguel Batista 9-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 1-10, Christian Friedrich 4-0, Miguel Batista 1-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 19, Christian Friedrich 8, Rafael Betancourt 4, Miguel Batista 4
Game Information
Attendance - 8634
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Brad Myers