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Rockies ready to use Fowler's speed

Rockies ready to use Fowler's speed

DENVER -- With Dexter Fowler making strides offensively, the Rockies are hoping to see him striding around the bases more often.

After returning from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday, Fowler broke out with three hits -- two singles and a triple -- and two runs on Thursday against the Giants. He also stole two bases.

"It's going to help the team in the long run," Fowler said. "It'll put more pressure on the pitchers and their defense."

One of his steals was a double steal, partnered with left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, a tactic Rockies manager Jim Tracy said he hopes to employ often.

"Speed is a very, very difficult thing to defend," Tracy said. "When those guys start reaching base, what they have the capability of is helping your team make quality outs, put the ball in play and produce runs."

In 27 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs, Fowler hit .340 with 10 doubles, four triples and two homers. He was 8-for-12 in stolen base attempts.

"There are goals you want to set," Fowler said, "but at the same time, you're not going to strive to get a number unless it's real high.

"Everybody wants to get 30 bags a year, but I'll take them as they come. If I don't get a jump, I won't rush it."

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