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DENVER -- First baseman Justin Morneau got his first day of rest Sunday as the Rockies completed an unusual opening week of seven games without an off-day. With the Rockies facing D-backs left-hander Wade Miley, Rockies manager Walt Weiss moved right fielder Michael Cuddyer to first, shifted Charlie Blackmon from center to right, and started right-handed-hitting Drew Stubbs in center.

"It's not a platoon situation with Justin," Weiss emphasized. "He's going to face a lot of lefties this year. With his track record, he's going to get the benefit of the doubt. I know he didn't do so well last year, but he has a history of pounding lefties."

Morneau is hitting .333 (7-for-21) in five games since taking over as the Rockies regular first baseman following Todd Helton's retirement at the end of 2013.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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