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Moyer continues to make strong case for rotation

Moyer continues to make strong case for rotation

Moyer continues to make strong case for rotation
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Veteran left-hander Jamie Moyer pitched three efficient innings in his bid to make a comeback from Tommy John surgery at age 49, as the Rockies beat the White Sox, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Moyer held the White Sox to one run on three hits and struck out two in his second start of the spring. Moyer, who has not pitched in a regular-season game since July 20, 2010, while with the Phillies, has given up one run in five Cactus League innings. He is trying to make the club as a non-roster invite.

The Rockies had three hits and took advantage of four walks in three innings against White Sox starter Jon Danks, who also wasn't helped by two errors by his defense. Kent Matthes had an RBI double and Jason Giambi had an RBI single off Danks, but just one of the three runs charged to him was earned.

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The Rockies' Marco Scutaro reached on his first three plate appearances, with a double and two walks, and Giambi doubled, singled and walked in three plate appearances. Catcher Ramon Hernandez caught pinch-runner Andy Wilkins in the fourth inning and Eduardo Escobar in the fifth to improve to 5-for-5 against opponents attempting steals this spring. Hernandez also added an RBI triple.

Up next for Rockies: Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie was in the strike zone, if not always in the best location, in his first spring outing, against the Giants. He will look to increase his sharpness on Monday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick against the Padres, who will start left-hander Cory Luebke. The schedule has worked out well for Guthrie, who came from the Orioles in a trade, since his first two starts will have been against National League West opponents.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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