Friday, April 8, 2016

Story takes historic start into Coors opener

Trevor Story has already made history, but he still hasn't had the chance to make his home debut yet. On Friday, the slugging shortstop will get to endear himself to the Coors Field faithful as the Rockies play host to the Padres for the home opener in Denver.
Story is the only player in MLB history to homer in each of his first three games. He has four dingers overall, and if he goes deep in any of the three games this weekend against the Padres, he'd be the fastest player in history to reach five career homers.
Opposite Story will be Padres right-hander Colin Rea, the club's No. 6 prospect, who beat out left-hander Robbie Erlin for the final rotation spot. Rea, who posted a 5.73 ERA this spring, added 20 pounds of muscle during the offseason and his fastball now sits at about 93-94 mph as a result.
Meanwhile, Jordan Lyles gets the start for Colorado. Lyles was limited to just 10 starts last season because of surgery on his right foot.
Three things to know about this game
• Rea's final start of the 2015 season came against the Rockies -- and it was also the best big league outing of his career. Rea allowed two hits over seven innings in a 2-1 Padres victory at Petco Park last Sept. 8.
• The Rockies have won each of their last three home openers -- by a combined total of 22-5. In 2010 -- the last time they played host to San Diego for the Coors Field opener -- the Rockies blanked the Padres, 7-0, as Jorge De La Rosa tossed seven one-hit innings.
• Friday's game marks the second of three Opening Day ceremonies that the Padres will be a part of this season. They hosted the Dodgers this past Monday and will be in Philadelphia for the festivities this coming Monday.

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