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Rox beginning stretch of 20 games in 20 days

SAN DIEGO -- Friday's game against the Padres at Petco Park started a string of 20 games in 20 days for the Rockies.

After this three-game weekend series, the Rockies will return to Coors Field -- and the unpredictable late-April weather -- for 10 games, four against the Mets, and three each against the D-backs and Braves. While the Rockies were being swept at San Francisco, the Denver area was dealing with snow and temperatures in the teens.

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"Weather is always a concern. Just because the schedule reads that, it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to happen," shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. "You go into the season knowing it's there on the schedule and you do what you do. If you're playing good, you try to ride out that streak. If you're playing bad, you try to get that corrected and try to turn the tide."

Manager Walt Weiss said he has given some thought to distributing playing time, but is not being rigid about it.

"I will try to look, sometimes, at the big picture," Weiss said. "It will be a tough stretch for us, a challenge. We go home for 10 and it looks like the weather is going to be a little dicey. But it's a challenging stretch of our schedule right now.

"I'll look at it series by series, or I might look at a series ahead to get an idea, but I like to run it through those guys, too, before I post the lineup, and get a feel for where they are at. I like to have their input, too."

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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