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Game Preview: De La Rosa vs. Lewis

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The Rockies and Rangers switch courts to close out their four game set

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockies absolutely crushed the Rangers in their two games on the home turf, by a combined score of 20 to 3. That kind of a beat down has got to sting. So Texas is going to be looking for revenge as the second half of the four game series moves to Arlington. The Rockies took care of business on this long home stand, but it's time to bring the bats on the road as well.

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<h3>Today's Lineups</h3>
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<tr><td class="td-last td-name">C. Blackmon - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Shin-Soo Choo - DH</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Corey Dickerson - DH</td><td class="td-first td-name">Michael Choice - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Troy Tulowitzki - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Adrian Beltre - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Carlos Gonzalez - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Prince Fielder - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Nolan Arenado - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Alex Rios - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Justin Morneau - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Donnie Murphy - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Drew Stubbs - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Elvis Andrus - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Mike McKenry - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Leonys Martin - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">DJ LeMahieu - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">R. Chirinos - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name"></td><td class="td-first td-name"></td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Jorge De La Rosa - LHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Colby Lewis - RHP</td></tr></tbody>
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You know what that means: it's designated hitter time. Corey Dickerson gets that spot tonight and the second spot in the lineup against righty Colby Lewis. That's not too big a surprise; Dickerson has been absolutely killing it when getting playing time, but he's probably the worst defensive outfielder on the roster (not counting Cuddyer). It's good to see his bat in the lineup (<3 DH).

Lewis is a big guy who has been around the block. He missed all of 2013 with Tommy John surgery, but he has been fairly strong in the early going of 2014. He strikes out over 8 per 9 innings and walks only two per. His 4.22 ERA isn't too flashy, but a .354 BABIP might be the cause of that.

Tulowitzki and Gonzalez are again flipped from their customary spots in the order, despite the right hander on the mound. Might be a permanent move now that they have both had success in this arrangement. Whatever the order, as long as they're both in there. Mike McKenry spells Jordan Pacheco at catcher and Drew Stubbs is handling center field.

These should be interesting games; let's see if the Rockies can get some road victories.