4/4/2014 9:45 P.M. ET
Kahnle makes good first impression
By Tracy Ringolsby and Thomas Harding / MLB.com
DENVER -- Right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle is taking advantage of his opportunity to stay in the big leagues. A Rule 5 Draft pickup from the Yankees, Kahnle made his big league debut Thursday.
Called on in relief in the sixth inning in Miami, Kahnle got out of a two-on, one-out jam by striking out pinch-hitter Reed Johnson and getting Christian Yelich to ground out.
Kahnle did give up a run in the next inning, walking Giancarlo Stanton with one out, and giving up a triple to Casey McGehee. The reliever stranded McGehee on third by getting Garrett Jones and Marcell Ozuna to pop up.
"We got a great lift from Kahnle," said manager Walt Weiss. "Our bullpen was shot. We brought him in a tight spot and he was huge. That's a good sign."
Kahnle earned his spot on the Opening Day roster with a strong spring. He allowed one earned run, striking out nine and walking two in 11 2/3 innings over 11 appearances.
Logan could join Rockies' bullpen on Sunday
DENVER -- Relief is on the way for the Colorado Rockies.
Left-handed reliever Boone Logan is expected to be activated from the disabled list as early as Sunday.
Logan worked one shutout inning for Triple-A Colorado Springs at New Orleans on Thursday, and he was scheduled to work again Friday. He is eligible to come off the DL on Saturday, but indications are the Rockies will wait a day in light of Logan working back-to-back days.
Logan's spring was slowed by his recovery from offseason surgery to remove bone chips from his left elbow. He was signed to a three-year, $16.5 million free-agent contract in the offseason to add left-handed depth to Colorado's bullpen.
Injuries led the Rockies to open the season with Rex Brothers as their only left-handed reliever. Franklin Morales is currently in the rotation, while lefty starters Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Chatwood are both on the DL.
"When you only have one lefty [in the bullpen], you have to be careful where you use him," manager Walt Weiss said. "We had no lefty available [Thursday in Miami]."
Rox relievers were tested in the four-game season-opening series against the Marlins. Rockies starters combined to work only 20 2/3 innings, and Brett Anderson, who started Game 2 on Tuesday, was the only starting pitcher to work six innings.
Colorado Symphony Orchestra welcomes Rox to field
DENVER -- The Rockies dashing onto the field for the start of any game should be a big production, and it was on Friday afternoon for Opening Day at Coors Field.
During the winter, Colorado Symphony Orchestra composer Charles Denler wrote a new arrangement, "Take the Field," which will be the Rockies' song as they emerge from the dugout for the first pitch of each game this season. On Friday, the brass and percussion sections of the orchestra took their spots behind home plate and played the song live -- complete with an inspirational montage on the video board.
The horns and strings were part of a golden occasion, literally. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and left fielder Carlos Gonzalez were presented with their 2013 National League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Arenado was the first rookie third baseman in NL history to win the award, and Gonzalez took home the third of his career. Third-base coach and infield instructor Stu Cole and catching coach and defensive coordinator Rene Lachemann were part of the presentation.
The day started with honor guards of each branch of the military presenting the nation's colors. Also, 150 uniformed personnel from the military, Denver Police and Fire Departments unfurled an oversized American flag across the outfield.
Cuddyer looks comfortable in No. 2 spot
DENVER -- With an RBI single in the first inning on Friday, Michael Cuddyer celebrated his move into the No. 2 spot in the lineup by hitting safely in his fifth straight game to open the season.
Cuddyer won the National League batting title last year, primarily hitting fourth and fifth in the lineup.
"I don't feel like I need to do anything differently," Cuddyer said of the move to the two-hole. "My feeling is [manager] Walt [Weiss] felt I had the skill set to hit second. I need to approach hitting the same no matter what spot in the lineup."
Whether Cuddyer remains the No. 2 hitter depends more on how Justin Morneau, Wilin Rosario and Nolan Arenado handle their jobs in the fifth, sixth and seventh spots.
"He is a professional hitter," Weiss said of Cuddyer.
Blackmon starts again, but Weiss to rotate outfielders
DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon was the Rockies' starting center fielder for the third time in five games on Friday afternoon.
And he is making a case to continue to get the bulk of the playing time, even though he is one of four players in the Rockies' center-field mix.
Blackmon equaled a franchise record with six hits in Colorado's 12-2 home-opening victory against Arizona at Coors Field. While Andres Galarraga hit two home runs when he became the first Rockies player to get six hits in a game against Houston on July 3, 1995, and Blackmon only hit one home run on Friday, Blackmon did have three doubles and two singles, as well.
And he has the nod from manager Walt Weiss to get another start on Saturday.
"He'll be in there," Weiss admitted.
Weiss, however, did reaffirm that he still has a multi-player center-field situation in which Blackmon and Corey Dickerson are the left-handed part of the equation, to go along with right-handed hitters Drew Stubbs and Brandon Barnes. Stubbs and Dickerson also drew a start in center field in Miami, and Barnes started in right field on Thursday when Michael Cuddyer moved to first base and Justin Morneau was out of the lineup for a day.
"We'll mix and match," said Weiss. "We have a lot of options. If a guy doesn't start, he can come into the game later as a pinch-hitter, pinch-runner or for defense.
"We'll keep them all involved. We have played one series [in Miami], and they all got a start. Maybe it wasn't in center field [for Barnes], but he was in the lineup in the outfield."
Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.