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Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-10

Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-10
--The Rockies went 0-5 against the Phillies last year and will try to beat the World Series champions at Coors Field in the home opener. Colorado is 9-7 in home openers, including four consecutive wins from 2003-06 before losses each of the past two seasons to the Diamondbacks. The Rockies' only other home opener against the Phillies was in 1994 at Mile High Stadium, when the Phillies won 12-6.

--Hitting with runners in scoring position was an area of weakness last year for the Rockies that contributed to a 74-88 finish. They averaged .256, which was the lowest mark in franchise history and ranked 10th in the National League. While outscoring the Diamondbacks 25-11 and winning two of three games in the season-opening series, the Rockies hit .273 (6-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

--The Rockies' first sacrifice fly of the season came in their third game, Wednesday at Arizona. Last year, their first sacrifice fly was in the 10th game of the season, and they finished April with just two sacrifice flies.

--CF Dexter Fowler is a lanky 6 feet, 4 inches with long strides and notable speed. Manager Clint Hurdle drew on the Rockies' past and paid Fowler a compliment when he said, "He gets from base to base with less effort. I think the last guy I saw do things like that was Larry Walker."

BY THE NUMBERS: 22 -- Of the Rockies' first 27 games, 22 are scheduled to be against NL West opponents with the remaining games against two of the better teams in the league -- three against the Phillies to open the home season at Coors Field and two next week at Chicago against the Cubs.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I feel 100 percent better than I did at this time last spring. I am healthy and more focused." -- LHP Franklin Morales, who began 2008 with the Rockies but was sent to Class AAA in late April and never returned. Morales started Wednesday at Arizona, and he will return to the minors until April 21, when the Rockies need a fifth starter.

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Added: April 10, 2009

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