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Rockies confident in Belisle despite struggles in 'pen

SAN DIEGO -- Righty Matt Belisle has been slightly less effective than normal since becoming a part of the Rockies' bullpen in 2009.

Belisle has given up three runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings over his last two appearances and entered Sunday 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA. Most of the damage has been done by lefty hitters (.455), and three of his six first batters have reached. However, Belisle, who made a franchise three-season record of 230 appearances in 2010-12, has a track record, and therefore the confidence of manager Walt Weiss.

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"He's a great competitor, a guy I like in the game at tough parts of the game because I know how well he competes," Weiss said. "You're not going to have your 'A' game every time out there, but I take my chances with Matty every day."

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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