In the Rockpile: Colorado Rockies open spring training with win

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Three jets fly over for opening day of spring training for Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies kick off spring training in style with a win. (Troy Renck/Denver Post)

In the Colorado Rockies first spring training game, Drew Pomeranz was given the ball and picked up where he left off in 2012: two innings of work with three hits, two earned runs and two free passes to first base. Yes, the Rockies are back.

It is spring training, but anyone with some baseball sense who goes farther than “it’s a whole new season” knows the Rockies should not be on anyone’s list of possible World Series contenders. They shouldn’t even be considered NL West contenders, aside from the fact that they only have to play four other teams for the division title. That being said, it was encouraging to see the Rockies blow out the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-2 in Cactus League play.

Starting at second base, Josh Rutledge brought around the first four scores for the Colorado Rockies, going 3-for-3 in his plate appearances. Rutledge is a player to be excited about for two reasons: 1) he can smack the ball, and 2) he is a farm-system product.

Joining the effort to get the win was Troy Tulowtizki. Playing in his first game since May 30 last year after groin surgery, Tulo went 1-for-2 with one RBI. Tim Wheeler and Kent Matthes each had solo home runs for the Rockies.

Spring training has begun, the Colorado Rockies have a winning record (1-0) and they beat Arizona 11-2. That will do.

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