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Coming-to after a decisive drubbing of San Diego Saturday night, the Colorado Rockies aim to take the weekend series versus the division rival Padres with a win Sunday afternoon at Coors Field in Denver. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm MDT.  Colorado will send left-hander Jeff Francis (5-4, 5.44) to the hill against San Diego rookie Casey Kelly (1-0, 0.00), who makes his second start since an August 27 win over the Braves in his initial major-league appearance.  Kelly held Atlanta scoreless over six innings, gave-up 3 hits, walked 2, and struck-out 4.  Francis also pitched Monday, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 5 inning, 3 hit, one walk performance.  He struck-out 6.

Both teams are trying to salvage seasons that went south early, the Padres since June and the Rockies beginning with a road-trip that started in Los Angeles on August 6.  Chris Denorfia will lead-off in right-field, and Logan Forsythe returns to San Diego manager Bud Black’s lineup at shortstop, hitting second. Jesus Guzman will be at 1st for Yonder Alonso, batting seventh.  1st-baseman Jordan Pacheco moves to clean-up for Rockies’ MFL Jim Tracy as Ramon Hernandez spells Wilin Rosario at catcher.  Jonny Herrera is in for DJ LeMahieu at 2nd-base, hitting eighth.

Pleasant 85° temperatures are expected in the Mile High City under partly cloudy skies.  Relative humidity will hold steady at 25% with variable winds out of the south at around 6 mph.  Drew, George, Marc, Jenny and the Cowboy will have plenty of hi-jinx on TV for ROOT Sports.  Jerry Schemmel and Jack Corrigan have the radio broadcast as usual on 850 am KOA.

SAN DIEGO (62-72)
Chris Denorfia (R) RF
Logan Forsythe (R) SS
Chase Headley (S) 3B
Carlos Quentin (R) LF
Yasmani Grandal (S) C
Jesus Guzman (R) 1B
Cameron Maybin (R) CF
Alexi Amarista (L) 2B
Casey Kelly (R) P
COLORADO (54-77)
Dexter Fowler (S) CF
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Jordan Pacheco (R) 1B
Tyler Colvin (L) RF
Chris Nelson (R) 3B
Ramon Hernandez (R) C
Jonathan Herrera (S) 2B
Jeff Francis (L) P




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