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Rockies drop Cactus league opener to Angels

Nolan Arenado was in the lineup for Colorado to start spring training after a tumultuous offseason.
Credit: AP
Colorado Rockies' Sam Hilliard, right, advances to second on a wild pitch as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Jahmai Jones, left, leaps over during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

TEMPE, Ariz. — Nolan Arenado hasn't played his last game for the Colorado Rockies. 

At least, not his last exhibition game. 

Barring a stunning trade in the next 19 hours, Arenado will wear the purple and black again. The All-Star third baseman was in Colorado's lineup to open spring training on Sunday afternoon, a 7-5 loss to the Angels. 

Arenado made two plate appearances before exiting the game early, grounding out in his first at-bat and hitting a sacrifice fly and earning an RBI in his second chance.

Jeff Hoffman, who's looking to make the Rockies' opening day rotation, started the game and gave up two runs on three hits in two innings. 

Projected opening day starters for Colorado Trevor Story and Ryan McMahon both delivered one hit each. Little know shortstop Eric Stamets hit a three-run home run for the Rockies. 

The team will suit up again on Monday against Cleveland at 1:10 p.m. MST. 

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