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Dodgers-Rockies Preview 2009-04-24

Dodgers-Rockies Preview 2009-04-24
Last season, Aaron Cook had his greatest success when facing the Los Angeles Dodgers. If the right-hander can rediscover that form, then the Colorado Rockies could find themselves back in the win column.

After losing to them less than a week ago, Cook faces the Dodgers on Friday night at Coors Field in the opener of a three-game set.

Back in Denver for the first time in nearly two weeks, Cook and the Rockies (5-9) will try to forget a road trip in which they were outscored 47-27 while losing six of eight.

"It'll be nice playing at home in our own ballpark, in front of our own fans," Cook told the team's official Web site.

Cook, who went 2-0 with a 1.14 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers in 2008, did not enjoy that same success in Saturday's 9-5 loss in Los Angeles as he allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings.

"He left the ball up in the zone a lot today," said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, whose team has dropped eight of 10. "Flyballs, home runs - it's uncharacteristic. It's wasn't a good start."

Cook (0-1, 10.22 ERA) has already given up five home runs in three starts this season after allowing 13 in 32 in 2008. Now, he faces a Dodgers team that is tied with Colorado for the NL lead with 19 homers.

A night after hitting his fourth home run in four games, Manny Ramirez did not hit the ball out of the park in Thursday's 2-0 win over Houston. Ramirez, though, extended his hitting streak to six and improved his batting average to .345 by going 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the first inning.

Ramirez is batting just .261 (6-for-23) with one RBI in six career games at Coors Field, but hit two home runs off Cook on Saturday. Ramirez is three homers shy of tying Jimmie Foxx (534) for 16th all-time.

After Chad Billingsley helped Los Angeles (11-5) snap a two-game slide Thursday with just three hits allowed in 7 1-3 innings, Eric Stults (2-0, 2.61 ERA) will make his third start of the season.

In his last appearance, the left-hander allowed two runs and five hits in five innings in a 7-2 win over San Francisco on April 16. Stults gave up one run and four hits in his season debut April 11 against Arizona while replacing the injured Hiroki Kuroda (strained oblique).

"Tonight was more of a battle," Stults told the team's official Web site after beating the Giants.

Stults is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in six career appearances against Colorado. This is his third start against versus the Rockies, and first since July 21 when he gave up three runs and six hits over 3 2-3 innings in a 16-10 victory at Coors Field.

Troy Tulowitzki, who had a career-best five hits in that loss, is mired in an 0-for-11 slump and is hitting just .196. He has three hits in eight career at-bats against Stults.

Ryan Spilborghs had a career high-tying four hits in Wednesday's 2-0 defeat to Arizona. He was just 1-for-7 in the three losses to Los Angeles last week.

Orlando Hudson extended his hitting streak to nine games with two hits in Thursday's win. He is batting .400 (14-for-35) lifetime against Cook.

Andre Ethier's batting average dipped to .298 with Thursday's 0-for-4 effort, but he is 4-for-17 with two home runs and six RBIs in his career versus the Colorado right-hander.

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Added: April 24, 2009

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