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Rockies Game #121 Preview: Eric Stults vs. Jeff Manship

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Jeff Manship makes his second start of the season against the Padres and Eric Stults, who has had the Rockies' number this season.

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Looking for their fifth straight win and to remain undefeated on  the current homestand, the Rockies will send Jeff Manship to the mound for the second game of a three-game set against the San Diego Padres.

Manship allowed two runs on four hits in five innings in his Rockies debut Thursday against the Mets at Citi Field. This will be the 28-year-old Manship's first career appearance at Coors Field.

The Padres will counter with southpaw Eric Stults, who was briefly a Rockie in 2011. This will be Stults' third start against the Rockies this year. In the first two, he allowed a total of two earned runs on 11 hits in 16 innings, walking three and striking out nine. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in seven innings in his last start against Baltimore.

The Rockies will once again be without Michael Cuddyer in the lineup because of illness, though he is available off the bench today. Charlie Blackmon gets the start in right field with right-handed hitting Charlie Culberson in left field against the lefty Stults.

Alexi Amarista will be in center field for the Padres tonight, moving Will Venable to right and Chris Denorfia to the bench. Ronny Cedeno also gets the nod at shortstop instead of Logan Forsythe.