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Saturday Rockpile: Starting rotation is set, while bullpen receives a boost

Tracy sets Rockies' pitching rotation - The Denver Post
Troy E. Renck lets us in on Jim Tracy's penciled-in starting rotation. Ubaldo Jimenez goes first, followed by Jeff Francis and Aaron Cook. Then, Jorge De La Rosa will start the home opener and be followed by Jason Hammel. In truth, there really is no significance in the actual order of a pitching staff (until you get to the playoffs, that is - but it all changes by then anyway).

Betancourt's command provides relief - The Denver Post
Rafael Betancourt looked good in yesterday's game, and Jim Tracy feels he is back in late-2009 form. It looks like, at this point, he'll be ready for Opening Day.

Also in the article, Renck states that Tyler Matzek will start the season in extended Spring Training, rather than in Class-A Asheville. Sorry Silverblood...he'll be there in May, though.

In addition, Joe Beimel will make his Spring Training debut on Monday. That gives him one week to be ready for Opening Day.

Holcomb out indefinitely with back trouble | Inside the Colorado Rockies
Minor league third baseman Darin Holcomb, who missed time late last season and again during the Arizona Fall League, will again be sidelined with back problems. He will be out for "what is expected to be a lengthy period of time."

Mariners' Milton Bradley: I'm baseball's Kanye West - ESPN
I saw this story a couple of days ago and it amused me. I don't know if I can completely disagree here. Bradley also compared himself to the NBA's Ron Artest. My only argument would be that Kanye is probably the best in his trade, while Milton can't say that. But, of course, we all know how talented he is and the type of player he could be if he would just shut up and play.