Tulowitzki returns in Rockies' win vs. Angels

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Troy Tulowitzki went 0-for-3 in his return from injury and Brett Anderson overcame a blister to throw six effective innings for the Colorado Rockies in a 9-7 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday.

Tulowitzki committed a throwing error, but the shortstop said he felt good in his first game since being hit on the left calf by a pitch on Wednesday.

Anderson gave up a two-run homer to Xavier Nady on a changeup, and a two-run triple to Everth Cabrera, but was otherwise happy. Anderson allowed three earned runs and eight hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

"Minus the horrendous pitch to Nady, it was pretty good," he said.

Anderson, acquired in an offseason trade with Oakland, then pointed to a small, dried-out blister on his throwing hand. He said it came from a busy day at the plate that included an infield hit.

He said it was his first professional hit at any level, including spring training.

"It came into play a little bit the last couple innings, it got a little tender," Anderson said. "But it's not an issue. I just can say I got a blister from hitting."

Jason Pridie went 4 for 4, and Josh Rutledge was 3 for 4 with a homer for Colorado, which chased Padres starter Tyson Ross with one out in the fifth.

Ross gave up six runs and 12 hits.

Anderson, in line to start Colorado's second game of the regular season, has impressed manager Walt Weiss.

"He's everything we could have hoped for," Weiss said.


Rockies left-hander Boone Logan threw about 30 pitches in a simulated game Monday as he recovers from offseason surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow. "The true test is how he shows up (Tuesday)," Weiss said, "but it looks like it's another big step forward for him."


Drew Stubbs started in center field for Colorado, led off and went 1 for 4 with a stolen base. That left him hitting .323.

Brandon Barnes (.359) and Charlie Blackmon (.265) are also contending for the starting job that opened when Dexter Fowler was traded to Houston.

"It's one of the toughest decisions we have," Weiss said.


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