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Weiss gives CarGo breather vs. Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss held left fielder Carlos Gonzalez out of the starting lineup for the first time this season on Sunday.

It's not as if Gonzalez is showing fatigue. He went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Saturday night's 9-5 victory over the Padres and was 5-for-17 (.294) with a homer, two doubles, two walks and two steals through five games of the current road trip. But Sunday was the third of the Rockies' scheduled 20 games in 20 days and seemed to be a good resting point.

"This is a day game after a night game," Weiss said. "Not that right-left matters much to CarGo, but there's a lefty on the mound [the Padres' Clayton Richard], so it made sense to me."

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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