Moscoso thriving in long-relief role for Rockies

Moscoso thriving in long-relief role for Rockies

ARLINGTON -- Rockies right-hander Guillermo Moscoso struck out four in two innings during Friday night's 4-1 loss to the Rangers, and he has not given up a run in his last four relief appearances entering Saturday.

Moscoso has a 6.20 ERA in eight total appearances, but much of that damage was done in two starts. He has responded well to a long-relief role. Moscoso has 23 Major League starts, including 21 with the Athletics last season.

"I'm a starter, but I've been throwing the ball well," Moscoso said. "I'm giving my team a chance to stay in the game. When you start a routine, when you start doing it right, you want to stay there. For now, I'm doing my job and helping my team."

Manager Jim Tracy said he sees a more comfortable pitcher.

"Maybe he's beginning to settle in," Tracy said. "Maybe it has taken this much time. Maybe he gets traded and feels as though he's into another proving ground. In his last couple or three outings, he has pounded the strike zone, and pounded it really, really well with his fastball."