For the third time in franchise history, the Rockies welcome the New York Yankees into Denver for a three-game series. The last time the Bronx Bombers came calling, in 2007, they were held to five runs in three games as the Rockies got a series sweep.
The series opens with a face familiar to the Rockies on the mound for New York in former Dodger Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda has posted a 6.85 ERA in four previous starts at Coors Field, all with Los Angeles. Kuroda enters the game today with a 4-1 record and 2.25 ERA in 2013.
The Rockies will counter with lefty Jorge De La Rosa on the mound. De La Rosa was roughed up in his last start, allowing six runs on 11 hits in just four innings at Dodger Stadium. Despite that, he enters the game with a respectable 4.18 ERA in 2013. Of note, this will be just De La Rosa's second start at Coors Field this season, with five of his first six starts coming on the road.
The Rockies will be without Troy Tulowitzki tonight, who is sitting with soreness in his legs but is available to pinch hit. Jonathan Herrera gets the start at shortstop. As has become customary with De La Rosa on the mound, Yorvit Torrealba gets the start behind the plate in place of Wilin Rosario.
The Yankees enter with considerable injury issues of their own. Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson are all on the disabled list and have been all season. That means that Joe Girardi has two former Rockies, Jayson Nix and Chris Nelson, manning the left side of the infield.