Manager Jim Tracy gave him Labor Day off, when the Rockies played a second consecutive day game, and noted that between catching Jose Contreras' forkballs and splitters Saturday and Jorge De La Rosa on Sunday, the backstop has had some taxing days behind the plate."He's taken a pretty good beating over there," Tracy said Monday. "He certainly took one [Sunday], I can promise you that. He walked in this morning, he looked like a grape from Martha's Vineyard, he was so bruised up."
COL: RHP Jason Marquis (14-10, 3.75 ERA)
Marquis has received little run support in his past three outings, and he couldn't avoid the big inning in his last two, both losses. Marquis is still looking to tie his career high in wins, 15, and he has a maximum of six starts left to try to eclipse the Rockies' record for wins in a season -- 17, shared by Kevin Ritz (1995), Pedro Astacio (1999) and Jeff Francis (2007). CIN: LHP Matt Maloney (0-3, 6.46 ERA)
Maloney got his opportunity to start when Justin Lehr was skipped in the rotation because of a sore right groin. Maloney pitched for Double-A Carolina on Thursday, allowing three hits and a run in seven innings. The 25-year-old made four starts for the Reds earlier this year but spent most of the season with Triple-A Louisville. He was 9-9 with a 3.08 ERA in 23 starts for the Bats. Maloney had 130 strikeouts to 26 walks in 150 innings with Louisville. Tidbits
Ubaldo Jimenez extended his franchise record of quality starts in a season to 22 with his six-inning, three-run performance Monday. It was the 25th consecutive game Jimenez has gone six innings or longer, the longest active streak in the Majors. It was also his 50th start in a row allowing one or no homers, also a franchise record and also the best active streak in baseball. ... Carlos Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to eight games with his third-inning infield single Monday. He has hit in every game since returning to the lineup eight days ago in San Francisco, hitting .343 (11-for-32) in the stretch. ... Ian Stewart has homered in back-to-back games and in four of six games on the homestand. Tickets
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Wednesday: Reds (Bronson Arroyo, 12-12, 4.23) at Rockies (Jason Hammel, 8-7, 4.41), 6:40 p.m. MT
Thursday: Reds (TBD) at Rockies (Jose Contreras, 6-13, 5.19), 1:10 p.m. MT
Friday: Rockies (TBD) at Padres (TBD), 8:05 p.m. MT
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.