Monday, April 13, 2015

Heston faces Rockies in home-opening start

The Colorado Rockies begin a stretch of 25 consecutive games against National League West opponents Monday. Given that they open this span with a three-game series against the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, there's no better time for the Rockies to deliver early indications of whether they're truly contenders.
The teams have played competitively for the last two years. The Giants won the season series, 10-9, two years ago. The Rockies enjoyed the advantage by the same close margin last year.
Giants right-hander Chris Heston will become the second rookie to start a home opener since the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958. Alan Fowlkes, who worked six innings to beat San Diego on April 13, 1982, was the other. Colorado will counter with right-hander Eddie Butler, who's making only his fifth Major League start.
Things to know about this game
• San Francisco has posted a 35-21 mark (.625) in home openers since 1958, including an 11-3 record (.786) at AT&T Park. The Giants have won 11 of their last 13 home openers.
• Colorado's DJ LeMahieu has hit safely in all six of his games this year. LeMahieu had 11 singles before recording a triple Sunday.
• With a third-inning single Sunday, Giants left fielder Nori Aoki lengthened his hitting streak to 15 games, dating back to last year. It matches a career best he reached with Milwaukee in 2012.

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