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Pacheco leading NL rookies in batting average

Pacheco leading NL rookies in batting average

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Pacheco leading NL rookies in batting average
DENVER -- The Rockies' Jordan Pacheco entered Wednesday night's game with the Cubs leading National League rookies with a .306 batting average in 475 plate appearances. If he reaches 502 by season's end, he will be eligible to be listed alongside the overall leaders.

Pacheco's average would have him in a tie for seventh in the league going into Wednesday, but he lacked the plate appearances to qualify. Manager Jim Tracy said he will do all he can to make sure Pacheco reaches the threshold by season's end.

"It's important for somebody that has completely, unselfishly given of himself and done anything and everything that you've asked him to do," Tracy said. "Not only is it important to that player, but it's important to me as the manager of that player to do everything I can to make it possible.

"When you get to this point in time in the season, that's how you let them know that you have their back in any and every regard. This is one of those type of instances where you want them to know that. They deserve that. I'll write him down if we have to drag him out there by a rope."

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