4/6/2014 1:59 A.M. ET
Culberson enters lineup in relief of Tulowitzki
By Owen Perkins / Special to MLB.com
DENVER -- Halfway through an unusual season-opening 10-game stretch without an off-day, manager Walt Weiss on Saturday gave shortstop Troy Tulowitzki a break from the lineup. Against the D-backs in the second game in a set of three to open the home portion of Colorado's season, Charlie Culberson made his first start this year, filling in at short and batting eighth.
Tulowitzki came out for Culberson in the bottom of the seventh inning of Friday's 12-2 victory, but there are no apparent doubts regarding his health. The game was 9-1 when Tulowitzki left -- and 10-1 after Culberson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
"I try to look at the schedule about a week at a time for certain guys," Weiss said. "I knew I wanted to give Tulo a day, probably this series or next series. I'm just picking the night to do it."
Muscle injuries in his lower body limited Tulowitzki to 47 games in 2012, but he rebounded with 126 games in 2013, though he missed nearly a month after breaking a rib on a fielding play.
"We talk almost daily, Tulo and I, as far as how he's feeling," Weiss said. "We did it last year, too. It felt like it went really well. We were on the same page. He ended up getting a broken rib, but that didn't have anything to do with some of the problems he's had in the past. I felt like that went really well, so we're taking the same approach this year."
Culberson is on the club as in infielder, though 27 of his 40 Major League appearances in the field have been in the outfield. As a Minor Leaguer, all but three of his 723 appearances have come in the infield, with 424 games at second base, 163 at shortstop, and 133 at third.
"He played a lot of short last year in Triple-A," Weiss said. "If you ask him, he'll probably tell you it's the spot he feels most comfortable at. He did a good job this spring. That's one of the reasons he broke camp with us, but his ability to play multiple positions and to be able to play shortstop on top of it."
Blackmon's nine hits in two days tie Rox record
DENVER -- Proving he's no one-night wonder, Charlie Blackmon was back at it Saturday night, following up his franchise-record-tying six-hit performance from Friday night with a three-hit outing Saturday that etched him another spot in the Rockies' record books.
"Charlie's slumping," manager Walt Weiss joked after Blackmon's productivity was cut in half on Saturday. "He'll come out of it."
Blackmon's nine hits over two consecutive games tied a club record set by Juan Pierre from Sept. 20-21, 2002. The Rockies' opponent for Pierre's feat was also the D-backs, with Curt Schilling and Brian Anderson making the starts for Arizona.
"I can't believe he didn't set a record," Weiss said. "It's an amazing run. I don't know if I've seen a 9-for-10. Charlie's worked real hard. It's good to see the payoff."
Blackmon singled to right to lead off the bottom of the first inning Saturday, then saw his string of consecutive hits end at seven in the third when he grounded out on a tough play to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
Blackmon beat out an infield single to short in the fifth inning, then stole second and scored the game's tying run on a single to right off the bat of DJ LeMahieu.
Blackmon's record-tying hit came with one on and nobody out in the seventh. He drove a single into center, contributing to another run-scoring rally before being doubled up on a deep drive by LeMahieu to the center-field wall that scored a run while resulting in an 8-4-3 double play.
The Rockies rallied again in the eighth, putting three doubles and two runs together, but the inning ended with Blackmon in the on-deck circle, denied a final chance to take sole possession of the two-day record.
Pierre needed 11 at-bats to collect his nine hits, driving in three and scoring four times over the two-game span.
Blackmon's 9-for-10 spree included five RBIs, five runs scored, three doubles and a home run.
His seven hits in seven consecutive plate appearances were three shy of the National League record of 10, accomplished four times and most recently by the Braves' Matt Diaz in 2006. The Major League record is 12 hits in 12 consecutive plate appearances by Detroit's Walt Dropo in 1952.
Citing matchups, Weiss adjusts Rox battery
DENVER -- When Opening Day starter Jorge De La Rosa made his second start of the season Saturday night, he threw to a new catcher in backup Jordan Pacheco.
De La Rosa and starter Wilin Rosario got their signals crossed in the season opener at Miami, leading to De La Rosa's temper triggering in what turned into a five-run inning, chasing the Rockies' ace from the game.
"It has as much to do with certain matchups," manager Walt Weiss said of the decision to start Pacheco, downplaying any difficulty between De La Rosa and Rosario. "Also, [Sunday] being a day game, I want to scatter certain guys so it's not wholesale changes all on one day.
"Wilin has had some success against [Sunday starter Wade] Miley. He was going to get one of the days off, and he swings the bat well against Miley. It comes down to just picking my spot with Wilin. But Jordan's not De La's personal catcher."
Part of Weiss' challenge is to keep his team fresh during a season-opening stretch in which the Rockies play 40 games in 42 days.
"It's a tough schedule," Weiss said. "It's a tough league. You're always going to have tough stretches. We got one right out of the gate. I'll pay attention to the workload the guys are getting and try to look at the long haul and balance it out with trying to win the game that day and try to make the best decisions."
One of the turnarounds Weiss made in helping to improve the Rockies' win total by 10 games between 2012 and 2013 was reverse a dismal record on Sunday, when the Rockies in 2012 struggled with lineups featuring multiple reserves.
"Last year, our backup guys did really well," Weiss said. "Our Sunday record last year was over .500. It's all a balance like everything else. Keep the picture in mind that you're trying to win that game."
Logan likely to join Rox for White Sox series
DENVER -- Rockies reliever Boone Logan was eligible to come off of the disabled list Saturday, but he will most likely make his Rockies debut Monday.
The left-handed pickup from the Yankees is expected to bolster the bullpen, bringing four successive seasons with an ERA of 3.74 or lower to his new club as well as more than 50 appearances in each of those seasons.
Logan pitched for Triple-A Colorado Springs in New Orleans on Thursday and Friday, and he appeared sharp in both outings, striking out the only batter he faced on three pitches Friday. He was placed on the disabled list with left elbow inflammation on March 28, retroactive to March 21.
"It went good," Logan said of his Minor League tune-up. "I pitched the last two days, I went back to back. An inning the first day, and then yesterday was one hitter, situational. I'm feeling pretty good. I'm looking forward to competing."
It was the first time Logan had pitched in back to back games this spring, and the Rockies are likely to be cautious, giving him a couple of days off before adding him to the roster for the White Sox series that starts Monday.
"I'm a little sore, but it's normal sore," Logan said.
Weiss did not express concern over what he called "typical soreness that pitchers have the day after they pitch," and he confirmed that Monday was the most likely return date.
"That was a good test for him," Weiss said of Logan's past two outings. "It went real well. We'll try to be smart about getting him back in there."
• Before Saturday's game against the D-backs, Michael Cuddyer was presented with awards after he won the 2013 National League batting title and a Silver Slugger at first base. Cuddyer led the league in 2013 with a .331 average, and he became the fifth Rockies player to win a batting title and a Silver Slugger Award in the same season. He hit his second home run of 2014 in the fourth inning Saturday.
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.