Pomeranz stifles opposition in Rockies' win

Pomeranz stifles opposition in Rockies' win

Pomeranz stifles opposition in Rockies' win
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- John Danks and Drew Pomeranz looked regular-season ready via their respective starting efforts Saturday in the Rockies' 3-1 victory over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch.

The only problem for Pomeranz is the Rockies won't be ready for him until April 15.

Pomeranz, the centerpiece in the 2011 Ubaldo Jimenez trade with Cleveland, earned the Rockies' fifth-starter nod, but he will be skipped the first time through and not pitch until two weeks from Sunday. The southpaw turned in a strong effort Saturday, allowing four hits over six innings, while fanning two and walking one.

As for Danks, he made his last appearance before taking the mound Friday for his first career Opening Day start in Arlington, Texas. The southpaw gets the honor in front of his home-state family and friends, and Danks tuned up with six solid frames, striking out two and not issuing a walk, while yielding just three hits, against the Rockies.

"You like to have a good one going into the season," Danks said, "but like I said before, it was a goal to finish on good note, but it wouldn't have been awful if I hadn't. For sure, there were some things I will take into the season, some of the adjustments that will help me out. It's always good to finish strong."

The Rockies scored in the second when Chris Nelson's two-out triple brought home Jordan Pacheco, who had doubled with one out.

Nelson then drove in another run with a single in the eighth inning. Wil Nieves homered in the ninth.

White Sox slugger Adam Dunn homered in the ninth inning.

Up next for Rockies: Opening Day starter Jeremy Guthrie will make his final Cactus League start Sunday at Talking Stick against the Indians, live on Gameday Audio beginning at 2:10 p.m. MT. It will be an opportunity for the Rockies to face their former ace, Jimenez.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.