(Sports Network) - Jon Garland makes his first major league start in nearly
two years on Saturday when the Colorado Rockies continue a three-game series
with the San Diego Padres at Coors Field.
Garland made nine starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011, but felt
shoulder discomfort after a June 1 outing against the Rockies and eventually
The 33-year-old hurler returned this spring for Seattle and was 1-0 with a
2.25 ERA in four starts for the Mariners, but asked for his release when he
learned he wouldn't make the team's rotation.
Colorado quickly signed him, hoping his groundball style would be a fit at
San Diego, meanwhile, will pin its hopes on righty Tyson Ross, who won the
Padres' fifth starter role with an impressive spring that included a 15 1/3-
inning scoreless streak. Ross, though, was just 2-11 a year ago with a 6.50
ERA in 19 games (13 starts) for the Oakland Athletics.
Colorado's early season success continued in Friday's opener, as Wilin Rosario
and Dexter Fowler each belted solo home runs to back six strong innings from
Jeff Francis and the Rockies came through with a 5-2 victory.
Troy Tulowitzki added two hits, including a two-run double in the third
inning, to help the Rockies to a third straight win following an extra-inning
Opening Day loss at Milwaukee on Monday.
"We tried to treat it like it was any other game, but it was an exciting day
for sure," Francis said. "It's good to get a win."
Francis (1-0) did his part as well, limiting the Padres to five hits and not
allowing a run after the first inning. The left-hander also struck out five
while issuing just one walk.
San Diego starter Jason Marquis (0-1) surrendered all five Colorado runs,
though just two were earned as the result of an error by Everth Cabrera that
led to the Rockies scoring three times in the third, over six innings of work.
Jesus Guzman paced the Padres offensively by going 2-for-4 with an RBI in the
setback, San Diego's third in four outings to begin the season.
San Diego was 10-8 against the Rockies last season.
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