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Iannetta makes final start at catcher

Iannetta makes final start at catcher

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Iannetta makes final start at catcher
HOUSTON -- Sunday was the final start of the season at catcher for the Rockies' Chris Iannetta, manager Jim Tracy said.

Tracy wanted Iannetta, who caught 13 innings on Saturday night, to work with veteran Kevin Millwood. The Rockies finish the year with three games at San Francisco starting Monday, but with both teams out of playoff contention Tracy said he wants to see Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco work behind the plate. Tracy did open the possibility of him playing at another spot, such as first base.

Iannetta entered Sunday with a .998 fielding percentage in 104 games behind the dish. His percentage topped all Major League catchers with 100 games played. Iannetta also had thrown out a healthy 30.3 percent of would-be base-stealers (30 of 69).

With team success and, oddly, offense being factors in Rawlings Gold Glove Award voting among National League managers and coaches, Iannetta said there was "not a chance" he would receive much consideration for the award.

Still, Iannetta said he worked on improving his target and his footwork during the course of the season, and it paid off.

"It was a combination of a lot of things I worked on, but regular playing time was the biggest thing," Iannetta said.

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