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Rockies vs. Giants preview: Troy Tulowitzki out with quad tightness

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Doug Pensinger

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will sit out his third game of the young season with quad tightness on Friday when the team opens a three-game set against the Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Tulowitzki insists the move is precautionary, stating that the two day games in the series might not allow him ample time to recover from the muscle issue. Meanwhile, the blood pressure of Rockies fans everywhere is continuing to rise, knowing that we've heard this story before with the team's star player, and rarely has it turned out well.

Making matters worse is the absence of starting catcher Wilin Rosario, who tweaked his wrist on Wednesday and is day-to-day. Like Tulo, Rosario was initially written into the lineup until the Rockies thought better of the situation. Some might argue that sitting the Baby Bull might be a positive thing with Jorge De La Rosa on the mound. JDLR is off to a rough start, which has been complicated by early woes between he and Rosario in terms of staying on the same page.

Jordan Pacheco will start in place of Rosario, while Josh Rutledge will get the nod at shotrstop.

On the mound for the Giants is Madison Bumgarner, who has a 1.74 ERA with exceptional strikeout and walk rates in two starts thus far in 2014. The Rockies hit him around a bit last year, as Bumgarner posted a 5.16 ERA against Colorado. Most of the damage, though, was done at Coors Field; the lefty allowed only two runs (but also five walks and a homer) in his lone start against the Rox in San Francisco.


Lineup

COLORADO ROCKIES SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
1. Brandon Barnes (R) RF 1. Juan Perez (R) CF
2. Josh Rutledge (R) SS 2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF 3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
4. Michael Cuddyer (R) 1B 4. Michael Morse (R) LF
5. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B 5. Hector Sanchez (S) C
6. Drew Stubbs (R) CF 6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
7. Jordan Pacheco (R) C 7. Brandon Hicks (R) 2B
8. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B 8. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
9. Jorge De La Rosa (L) P 9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P