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Pacheco finding groove at the plate

Pacheco finding groove at the plate

Pacheco finding groove at the plate
DENVER -- Rockies third baseman Jordan Pacheco is quietly returning to the type of hitting that excited the club during Spring Training, as well as a late-season callup in 2011.

Pacheco hit .200 in sparing playing time early in the season before being sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Pacheco hit .433 for the Sky Sox, and with Chris Nelson on the disabled list with a wrist injury he seems to be finding his Major League form with regular playing time.

Pacheco went 3-for-7 with a double and two RBIs in two games leading into Thursday's finale of two with the D-backs. The Rockies moved Pacheco into the No. 2 spot in the order for Thursday.

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"It's all about your approach, and you have to develop it to hit at this level," Pacheco said. "Anytime you're on the field it's a good opportunity. We need 'Nellie' back, and we hope he gets back soon. All we've got to do is do what's necessary to win ballgames."

Manager Jim Tracy said he likes the control Pacheco is exhibiting during his at-bats. Wednesday, his RBI single was a simple swing that put the ball between the third baseman and the shortstop.

"This guy is a good hitter," Tracy said. "I didn't say he's a slugger or anything like that. He's going to give you a good, competitive at-bat. He's a good situational hitter. He's a bat-to-ball guy, not a huge strikeout guy."

Pacheco is a work in progress at third base. An infielder in college at the University of New Mexico, the Rockies converted him to catcher in the Minors, then added third base and first base in an effort to give him more playing opportunities. When the Rockies sent him down in April, the plan was for him to become more comfortable at third.

"We're not asking him to be Brooks Robinson," Tracy said. "But his decision-making on balls off the bat has improved."

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