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• 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.

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"'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.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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