Blackmon starts again, but Weiss to rotate outfielders

Blackmon starts again, but Weiss to rotate outfielders

DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon was the Rockies' starting center fielder for the third time in five games on Friday afternoon.

And he is making a case to continue to get the bulk of the playing time, even though he is one of four players in the Rockies' center-field mix.

Blackmon equaled a franchise record with six hits in Colorado's 12-2 home-opening victory against Arizona at Coors Field. While Andres Galarraga hit two home runs when he became the first Rockies player to get six hits in a game against Houston on July 3, 1995, and Blackmon only hit one home run on Friday, Blackmon did have three doubles and two singles, as well.

And he has the nod from manager Walt Weiss to get another start on Saturday.

"He'll be in there," Weiss admitted.

Weiss, however, did reaffirm that he still has a multi-player center-field situation in which Blackmon and Corey Dickerson are the left-handed part of the equation, to go along with right-handed hitters Drew Stubbs and Brandon Barnes. Stubbs and Dickerson also drew a start in center field in Miami, and Barnes started in right field on Thursday when Michael Cuddyer moved to first base and Justin Morneau was out of the lineup for a day.

"We'll mix and match," said Weiss. "We have a lot of options. If a guy doesn't start, he can come into the game later as a pinch-hitter, pinch-runner or for defense.

"We'll keep them all involved. We have played one series [in Miami], and they all got a start. Maybe it wasn't in center field [for Barnes], but he was in the lineup in the outfield."

Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.