03/11/12 9:18 PM ET
Hernandez keeping runners from advancing
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Moyer holding back with cut fastball
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies non-roster left-hander Jamie Moyer had his second encouraging outing of the spring on Sunday, at age 49 and a year and a half after suffering an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.And he hasn't pulled a key pitch out of his pocket yet. Moyer struck out two and held the White Sox to three hits and one run in three innings. He threw just seven pitches the first inning and six the second. Jared Mitchell opened the third with a single and Eduardo Escobar doubled him home, but both hits were along the ground. Moyer struck out two of the next three batters. Moyer is succeeding with a two-seam fastball, a curveball and a changeup. Moyer just twice went to his cut fastball, a key weapon because it allows him to work inside against right-handed hitters.
White has put injury behind him
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Rockies left-hander Alex White, competing for a rotation spot, held the Brewers to one run and two hits, with three strikeouts against two walks in the team's 5-4 loss on Sunday at Maryvale Baseball Park -- his second solid spring outing.In his Cactus League debut, he gave up two hits and one run and struck out two in two innings against the Cubs. White, obtained from the Indians in last summer's Ubaldo Jimenez trade, was coming back from a torn sheath of a tendon on his left middle finger when he went 2-4 with an 8.42 ERA in seven late-season starts for the Rockies last year. This spring is a truer indication of the talent the Rockies thought they were receiving. White's slider was ineffective last year, but he used one to strike out Milwaukee's Ryan Braun to end the third with a runner at second. "That's something that I have and that I have confidence in in big situations right now," White said. "It's good that I get put in situations like that."
Veteran Jason Giambi, 41, went 2-for-2 with a double and a walk in the 5-2 victory over the White Sox, but he was more impressed with his only elder among Rockies players -- left-handed pitcher Jamie Moyer, 49.Moyer gave up one run and struck out two in three innings. If Moyer, a non-roster invitee, makes the squad, it means Giambi will not teased as much by younger teammates. "I don't get the old jokes anymore," Giambi said. "Jamie gets them all now. Before, it was, 'Did you play with Ty Cobb?' It's sad. I played with Robin [Ventura], now Robin's managing [the White Sox]." Rockies right-handed prospect Chad Bettis gave up two hits during his one relief inning against the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park, but left the game with triceps tendinitis. Bettis went 12-5 with a 3.34 ERA as a starter last year, but the Rockies have indicated his future could be as a late-innings reliever.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb.Owen Perkins contributed. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.