DENVER -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy didn't hesitate to start Tyler Colvin in center field on Tuesday night against the Athletics. Colvin went 6-for-8 with three home runs, a double and five RBI in his last two games.
Dexter Fowler would normally start in center, but not with Colvin this hot.
And Colvin kept right on going against the A's, hitting a leadoff homer against Bartolo Colon.
"I'm not down on what Dexter has done," Tracy said. "He got hotter than the Fourth of July [during the team's last homestand], yet when you look at what Tyler Colvin has done the last couple of days with three home runs hit in the last couple of ballgames, a three-hit game on Sunday, you can't come in and not write his name down."
Colvin hit .276 with 20 home runs and 56 RBIs as a rookie with the Cubs in 2009, but bottomed out to .150 last season and found himself traded to the Rockies during the winter. Colvin said he is better at approaching his part-time role this year.
"I know I feel good, so I'm being ready, having a good approach and sticking with that, not worrying about anything else," Colvin said. "When I get those opportunities I'm not going to try to do too much. When I get my opportunities, I'm going to stick with going the opposite way."