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Tulowitzki returns to lineup for Colorado

By MIKE CRANSTON
Associated Press
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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Troy Tulowitzki went 0-for-3 in his return from injury and Brett Anderson overcame a blister to throw six effective innings for the Colorado Rockies in a 9-7 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday.

Tulowitzki committed a throwing error, but the shortstop said he felt good in his first game since being hit on the left calf by a pitch on Wednesday.

Anderson gave up a two-run homer to Xavier Nady on a changeup, and a two-run triple to Everth Cabrera, but was otherwise happy. Anderson allowed three earned runs and eight hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

''Minus the horrendous pitch to Nady, it was pretty good,'' he said.

Anderson, acquired in an offseason trade with Oakland, then pointed to a small, dried-out blister on his throwing hand. He said it came from a busy day at the plate that included an infield hit.

He said it was his first professional hit at any level, including spring training.

''It came into play a little bit the last couple innings, it got a little tender,'' Anderson said. ''But it's not an issue. I just can say I got a blister from hitting.''

Jason Pridie went 4 for 4, and Josh Rutledge was 3 for 4 with a homer for Colorado, which chased Padres starter Tyson Ross with one out in the fifth.

Ross gave up six runs and 12 hits.

STARTING TIME:

Rockies: Anderson, in line to start Colorado's second game of the regular season, has impressed manager Walt Weiss.

''He's everything we could have hoped for,'' Weiss said.

Padres: Ross, who was 3-8 with 3.17 ERA in 35 appearances for San Diego last season, had his first bad outing of the spring.

''At 80-plus pitches, that's getting close to where we need him to be,'' manager Bud Black said. ''He'll have two more starts to iron some things out.''

TRAINER'S ROOM:

Rockies: Left-hander Boone Logan threw about 30 pitches in a simulated game Monday as he recovers from offseason surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow. ''The true test is how he shows up (Tuesday),'' Weiss said, ''but it looks like it's another big step forward for him.''

Padres: Black said third baseman Chase Headley (calf) could make his spring debut Thursday. ... Closer Huston Street (groin) is scheduled to pitch in his first big league game on Tuesday.

WIELAND'S ELBOW:

Padres right-hander Joe Wieland, who missed all of last season after reconstructive elbow surgery, returned to San Diego to meet with team doctors and undergo an MRI.

Black said Wieland felt pain in the back of his elbow - not where the ligament was replaced - while pitching on Saturday.

''Hopefully, with time and rest, we'll get him back on the horse at some point,'' Black said.

Wieland has allowed nine runs and 14 hits with six walks in seven innings this spring.

CENTER OF ATTENTION:

Drew Stubbs started in center field for Colorado, led off and went 1 for 4 with a stolen base. That left him hitting .323.

Brandon Barnes (.359) and Charlie Blackmon (.265) are also contending for the starting job that opened when Dexter Fowler was traded to Houston.

''It's one of the toughest decisions we have,'' Weiss said.

BENOIT SHINES:

The oldest guy in San Diego's clubhouse, 36-year-old Joaquin Benoit, has been one of the most impressive.

The right-hander, signed to a two-year, $15.5 million deal to be the setup man, has struck out 11 with no walks in six shutout innings.

What's been working?

''Everything, I guess,'' Benoit said. ''But this is spring training.''

Benoit, who pitched for Detroit last season, said most of his strikeouts have come on changeups. He's still working on his fastball command.

''I'm just trying to establish my fastball inside more to righties,'' Benoit said.

 
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San Diego

E. Cabrera
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Colorado

J. Pridie
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Colorado Rockies
Drew Stubbs , LF4110022.323.400.387
Jason Pridie , RF4141100.344.432.469
Carlos Gonzalez , LF3022002.360.429.600
a-Corey Dickerson , PH-CF2000002.351.359.541
Troy Tulowitzki , SS3000014.188.333.625
Justin Morneau , 1B3120000.250.250.313
Josh Rutledge , 2B4232010.304.333.609
Ryan Wheeler , 3B5111002.333.366.538
Jackson Williams , C3111011.333.474.467
Brett Anderson , SP2010010.500.500.500
Ben Paulsen , 1B2000000.270.289.405
Tim Wheeler , LF2111010.321.424.679
Matt McBride , C1000000.345.424.483
Rafael Ynoa , 2B1000000.333.333.333
Paul Janish , SS1110000.452.485.581
Jordan Pacheco , PH-1B1000000.200.308.200
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a-Fielder's choice - out for C Gonzalez in the 6th.
BATTING
2B - J Pridie (1); J Morneau (1); J Rutledge (1); R Wheeler (5); J Williams (2); P Janish (1)
HR - J Rutledge (2); T Wheeler (2)
RBI - J Pridie (3); C Gonzalez 2 (7); J Rutledge 2 (5); R Wheeler (6); J Williams (3); T Wheeler (4)
S - B Anderson (3)
BASERUNNING
SB - D Stubbs (1); J Pridie (4)
Colorado Rockies
Brett Anderson (W,2-0) 6.08530512.81
Chad Bettis 1.00000100.00
Tommy Kahnle 1.00000001.42
Chris Martin 1.03220205.68
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera , SS3122010.270.308.405
Chris Denorfia , RF3001001.185.185.185
Jedd Gyorko , 2B3000001.229.243.371
Xavier Nady , LF3112011.313.333.531
Tommy Medica , LF4110000.396.420.646
Kyle Blanks , RF2000011.276.417.483
Nick Hundley , C3120001.296.321.593
Alexi Amarista , 2B3000023.233.258.333
Tyson Ross , RP1000000.000.000.000
Alex Castellanos , RF3110011.267.313.433
Matthew Wisler , SP10100001.0001.0001.000
Ryan Jackson , SS2011010.200.306.400
Rene Rivera , C2000011.429.429.571
Jace Peterson , 2B1000000.160.276.200
Alberto Gonzalez , 3B1000000.043.083.043
Jeremy Baltz , PH11100001.0001.0001.000
Travis Jankowski , CF10100001.0001.0001.000
Lee Orr , 1B1101001.000.000.000
Totals3871170811  
BATTING
2B - T Medica (4); J Baltz (1)
3B - E Cabrera (1)
HR - X Nady (2)
RBI - E Cabrera 2 (5); C Denorfia (2); X Nady 2 (5); R Jackson (6); L Orr (1)
BASERUNNING
SB - L Orr (1)
San Diego Padres
Tyson Ross (L,1-1) 4.112660606.39
Matthew Wisler 2.22111113.52
Patrick Schuster 1.02110002.57
Tim Stauffer 1.01110013.00