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Rutledge gaining traction in Majors

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DENVER -- Rockies second baseman Josh Rutledge, after his first time beginning a year in the Majors, has needed a .400 tear the last seven games to lift his batting average from .200 to .252 going into Wednesday.

Even though Rutledge was struggling, manager Walt Weiss kept him in the lineup, and he believes the patience has paid dividends.

"One thing about Rut is he brings athleticism to the lineup, he runs really well, and he covers some ground at second base," Weiss said. "It's not just the bat. He brings other things to the team every day that he's in the lineup."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for 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.