04/07/12 10:21 PM ET
Rox experimenting with Chatwood in 'pen
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
In his Rockies debut, in Saturday night's 7-3 loss to the Astros, Chatwood showed both promise and areas that need improvement in two innings of work, striking out three but giving up two runs. Houston's Chris Johnson doubled with one out in the sixth and later scored, and Travis Buck tripled to open the seventh and would also go on to score.
Scutaro making pitchers work from leadoff spot
HOUSTON -- Leadoff hitter Marco Scutaro went 1-for-5 and scored a run in a 5-3 victory over the Astros in Friday night's opener, but those weren't the most important numbers."Twenty-two, I believe, is the number of pitches he saw from the leadoff position," manager Jim Tracy said. "That helps to ease the burden a little bit as we're trying to get Dexter [Fowler, who was originally planned to be the leadoff hitter] jump-started. "But if you have a guy like that at the top of the order and you have a special guy [Todd Helton] in the No. 5 spot who approaches his at-bats in a similar fashion, when you start adding up the number of pitches they can draw out of a starting pitcher, it puts you in a good position to have some shorter starts out of some pitchers who last year would go into the sixth and seventh inning."
Manager Jim Tracy said that catcher Wilin Rosario and third baseman Jordan Pacheco are likely to start on Sunday afternoon in the finale of the three-game series with the Astros. Veteran Ramon Hernandez started at catcher and Chris Nelson started at third in the first two games. First baseman Todd Helton doubled in the third inning on Friday night for the 550th double of his career. He is now 10 behind Eddie Murray and Jeff Kent, who are tied for 22nd on the all-time list, and one ahead of the Angels' Bobby Abreu.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.