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Preview: Diamondbacks (5-15) at Rockies (10-9)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Coors Field
Date: April 20, 2013 8:10 PM EDT
  

Jorge De La Rosa missed well over a year after suffering a significant injury against the Arizona Diamondbacks two seasons ago.

The left-hander, though, appears to be back to his old self if his latest outing is any indication.

De La Rosa looks to build on an impressive performance as the surging Rockies go for an eighth consecutive win Saturday night in the second of three against the visiting Diamondbacks.

After recording a 6.10 ERA in his first two starts, De La Rosa (1-1, 3.86 ERA) allowed two hits and struck out seven over six scoreless innings Sunday in a 2-1 victory at San Diego. De La Rosa earned his first win since May 13, 2011 - 11 days before he tore the collateral ligament in his throwing arm versus Arizona.

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"That's nothing new to us," Padres manager Bud Black told MLB's official website. "We've seen Jorge throw that way before, prior to his Tommy John surgery."

A 16-game winner in 2009, De La Rosa could have a big impact this season as long as his arm holds up.

"It was real special,' he said of Sunday's win. "It was a very hard time last year and the year before. I have to keep focus in every game I pitch and try to be the same guy as I was before."

Despite that forgettable day nearly two years ago, De La Rosa is surely looking forward to facing the Diamondbacks. He's gone 6-2 with a 2.28 ERA over his last 10 starts in the series while striking out 57 in 59 1-3 innings. De La Rosa has limited Gerardo Parra to two hits in 12 at_bats in their matchups and Martin Prado is 0 for 5.

De La Rosa will look to follow Jhoulys Chacin's strong effort in Friday's 3-1 series-opening win. Chacin pitched effectively into the seventh inning before leaving with left oblique tightness. He became the first Rockies starter to throw 100 pitches since June 12, a stretch of 117 games - the longest such streak since records started being kept in 1988.

"We hope it's nothing serious," third baseman Chris Nelson said. "But when you see your pitcher walk off the mound like that, it's a rough one for the whole team."

Despite going 0 for 2 with runners in scoring position, Colorado (12-4) is batting .359 in such situations during its run. The Rockies haven't posted eight consecutive victories since a 10-game winning streak Sept. 3-12, 2010.

Colorado is also a franchise-best 7-0 at home, where it's outscored opponents 51-22.

Arizona (9-7), meanwhile, has hit just .221 while opening 1-3 on its nine-game road trip. Prado, Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Montero and Cody Ross - the team's 2-3-4-5 hitters Friday, went a combined 0 for 16. Goldschmidt had reached base in all 15 games before coming up empty.

The Diamondbacks try to get back on track behind Trevor Cahill (0-2, 3.50), who threw 7 1-3 innings of six-hit ball Sunday in a 1-0 walkoff win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"Cahill was outstanding - he's tough, he pounds the strike zone, as tough as anybody we face," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "He has movement on the ball and deception."

Cahill, in contrast, hasn't been very sharp over five career starts against the Rockies, going 1-3 with a 5.65 ERA. Dexter Fowler is 4 for 5 with two triples against him, but Michael Cuddyer is 1 for 14.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Diamondbacks at Rockies
Fri, Apr 19 Final 1 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Diamondbacks at Rockies
Sat, Apr 20 Final 3 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Diamondbacks at Rockies
Sun, Apr 21 Final 5 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  +108   -200   9.5 
 COL  -118   +170   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  +108   -180   9.5 
 COL  -118   +160   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  47%   4%   68% 
 COL  53%   96%   32% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 1 Under: 4 
 COL 3 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Feb 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 8 Cover: +100 
 COL 6 Over: 14 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Feb 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 11 Cover: +110 
 ARI 2 Over: 13 
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 Oct 3, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 2 Cover: +190 
 ARI 1 Under: 3 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Oct 2, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 3 Under: 8 
 ARI 5 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Oct 1, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 7 Cover: +180 
 ARI 5 Over: 12 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Saturday, Apr 20
 
    Yankees at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Red Sox
1:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Twins at White Sox
3:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Angels
3:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Mets
3:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Brewers
7:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Astros
7:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Mariners at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Rockies
8:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Giants
9:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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