• Eric Young, Jr., who started in center field and is a leadoff option when Dexter Fowler has the day off -- as he did Wednesday -- or the Rockies want to bat Fowler second and have two speedsters at the top of the order, went 2-for-3 Wednesday. Both were infield singles. Young improved his spring average to .440.
• Rockies second baseman Josh Rutledge's diving stop to keep Scott Hairston's roller from going into the outfield in the first inning helped make Wednesday's 2-0 shutout against the Cubs possible. The hit came with two on and two out. Starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa then struck out Dioner Navarro to end the threat.
"'Rut' had an opportunity to keep the ball in the infield and save a run, and that's what he did," manager Walt Weiss said. "That's the mentality that we're preaching -- prevent runs any way possible. Everybody's responsible, not just the pitcher."
• Veteran first baseman Todd Helton was in the scheduled lineup Wednesday, but was given the day off because of illness. Weiss said Helton is just recovering from a bout with whatever is going around the clubhouse. Pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Joe Gardner were sick earlier in camp.
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