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SCOTTSDALE Rusney Castillo Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Brendon Rodgers has had to wait for an opening in the Colorado Rockies‘ infield, just like Trevor Story did a few years ago.Selected third overall in the 2015 amateur draft, Rodgers has hit .291 in four minor league seasons. The 22-year-old played at Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque last season and is at big league training camp for the second straight year.“With Brendan, I think he’s confident to start with,” Rockies manager Bud Black said Monday. “He’s really confident in his abilities. He knows he’s a good player and he knows he’s talented. The way I see him move around the clubhouse and how he’s interacting with the coaches and the players, his personality is more at ease. I think he’s showing who he is.”Story had to wait for Troy Tulowitzki’s departure, then enjoyed a breakout 2016 following the trade of the shortstop to Toronto and became a first-time All-Star last year. That is a path Rodgers is eager to emulate.“He wants to get better, and he wants to learn new positions,” Story said. “That’s what I had to do when I was coming up. I tell him that. You never know what’s going to happen and you have to be ready. You’ve got to prepare in case something happens.”Rodgers has played second, third and shortstop in the minor leagues.“It gives players a better chance to play if they can do other things and it gives the team a great deal of flexibility every night Brock Holt Jersey , feeling comfortable making moves,” Black said.Rogers has gone on to start at all three positions this spring training“Overall, defensively, whether it’s short, second or third, I feel very comfortable at all three right now,” Rodgers said. “I’m getting a lot of looks at short, especially over in Mexico.”Rodgers was part of the Rockies’ contingent that played two games in Monterrey, Mexico, last weekend against Arizona.“It was awesome and a great experience http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-dustin-pedroia-jersey ,” Rodgers said. “The fans are loud and locked in. They all stayed until the last out.”Rodgers is trying to make the most of any opportunity.“I’ve noticed a much better pitch recognition, laying off breaking balls he might have swung at last spring,” Black said. “That’s a big test for Brendan, laying off that breaking ball out of the strike zone. This guy can hit a fastball and we know that. Big league pitchers, talented pitchers are going to try to expose a number of players to the breaking ball. Brendan, as a young player, realizes that.”NOTES: Ian Desmond hit a three-run homer to right-center field. Most of his power is to center or the opposite field, and he doesn’t try to pull the ball. “I don’t really discriminate as long as it goes over the fence,” Desmond said. … The Rockies trimmed their camp roster to 47. INF Josh Fuentes was among the players optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. He has not played because he’s still rehabbing from a broken hamate bone in his left hand. … C Tony Wolters has been slowed by a stomach flu and an upper respiratory illness. … The Rockies want to run, Black said David Price Jersey , and Desmond spoke up during a recent team meeting on baserunning. “We want that mindset of being aggressive,” Black said. “Even if you get thrown out, there’s a feeling on the other side that the Rockies are always pressing and we have to be on our toes.” Said Desmond: “It’s nice to have the audience where people are accepting. I’m glad I felt comfortable enough with the group of guys we had in there and they were willing to listen.” Texas will still be looking for its first run of the series when the Rangers and the playoff-hopeful Tampa Bay Rays square off Wednesday afternoon at Globe Life Park in Arlington for the finale of their three-game set.The Rangers will send left-hander Yohander Mendez (2-1, 3.86) to the mound while Tampa Bay has not announced a starter and will likely go with the “opener” strategy that Rays manager Kevin Cash has popularized this season.The Rangers lost 4-0 on Tuesday to Tampa Bay’s Cy Young Award candidate Blake Snell a night after a streak of 106 home games without being shut out ended with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Tyler Glasnow and three relievers.Article continues below ...Until Monday, Texas was the only major league team that hadn’t been shut out at home this season. They’ve gone 21 innings without scoring a run.“The two guys we faced the past two games have been very tough and had plus-breaking pitches they can throw for strikes,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said. “You don’t like (not scoring runs) but I still have faith in this offense. We needed to do something early and couldn’t anything done.”Ji-Man Choi has been a big part of the Rays’ surge that’s seen them win 13 of their past 16 contests.The Rays are 5 1/2 games behind Oakland for a wild card spot after Oakland’s 9-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Tampa Bay has 12 games to play.On Monday in a 3-0 win over Texas, Choi hit his eighth homer in 43 games covering 146 at-bats since getting called up July 11 after being acquired from the Brewers for Brad Miller, who has since been released. Projected over a full season, Choi could rip off 30 dingers, and he a permanent fixture in the middle of the Rays lineup.“I keep telling myself to focus on every at-bat and do what I can do Craig Kimbrel Jersey , do my best, and the results will follow,” Choi told the Tampa Bay Times through a Korean interpreter on the phone. “I just keep doing what I have to do at the plate.”On Tuesday, Choi had a hit, a walk and a run-scoring ground out in three plate appearancesCash said Choi’s been locked in, even hitting the ball hard to all parts of the park when he’s not recording hits.“He’s been hot, and now it seems like he’s getting big hits for a couple weeks,” Cash said. “I know how you can project numbers and I think it’s fair to say if he got consistent at-bats that you could see some pretty damaging numbers.”The 23-year-old Mendez will make his sixth appearance and fourth start of the season. It will be his 15th major league appearance and fourth big league start overall.Mendez has gone 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his last three games (two starts) and will be working on four days’ rest after earning the relief win in Rangers’ 4-0 shutout victory Friday at San Diego. He has never faced Tampa Bay.



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