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Francis might move up to start Friday

Francis might move up to start Friday

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said he will confer with pitching coach Bob Apodaca before determining whether to start left-hander Jeff Francis in Friday's opener of a three-game set with the Dodgers at Coors Field.

Starting Friday would keep Francis, who has shed a bad beginning of the season and posted a 2.57 ERA in his last three starts, on normal rest and have their No. 1 pitcher open a seven-game homestand. Francis gave up two runs and seven hits in Sunday afternoon's 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Dodgers.

If the Rockies don't juggle the rotation, Friday would be left-hander Mark Redman's day. Redman gave up 10 first-inning runs in Saturday night's 11-3 loss to the Dodgers.

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Hurdle didn't have an immediate answer because Apodaca was not due to arrive at the park until close to gametime. Apodaca's mother, Aurora, died last week. Apodaca missed some time to be with her in her final days, missed Sunday for the memorial service and attended the funeral Monday.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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