Reynolds helps Rockies over Diamondbacks
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Mark Reynolds and Charlie Blackmon homered, Nolan Arenado collected his major league-high 31st hit of spring training and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 on Thursday.
Arenado's RBI double off prospect Braden Shipley in the first inning was his 16th extra-base hit in 20 games. Arenado also was hit by a pitch and flied out, leaving him at 31 for 55 (.564).
Reynolds hit a 422-foot solo shot to left and Blackmon added a two-run homer in a three-run second off Shipley. Blackmon later doubled in a preview of the teams' season-opening series starting Monday.
Welington Castillo and Rickie Weeks hit solo home runs in the fourth off Rockies prospect Kyle Freeland. Paul Goldschmidt went 2 for 3.
Diamondbacks: Shipley, a 2013 first-round pick, allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings in his first spring start.
Rockies: Freeland, the eighth pick in the 2014 draft, gave up three runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings while throwing 91 pitches. He was helped by Arenado starting a nifty double play at third and left fielder Gerardo Parra throwing out a runner at the plate.
''It shows how amazing players they are and what they'll do even for a minor leaguer coming up for a spot start,'' Freeland said.
Diamondbacks: Manager Chip Hale said CF A.J. Pollock (elbow) will play Friday against Kansas City and should be ready for the regular season. Pollock has been appearing in minor league games. ... RHP Josh Collmenter (shoulder) could start the season on the disabled list. ''I don't think the injury is something that's going to keep him out more than 15 days,'' Hale said.
Rockies: LHP Tyler Matzek rejoined the team after two weeks in Denver getting treatment for performance anxiety. Matzek doesn't know when he'll next pitch. ''I finished up my time up there and came down here to get a little more baseball action,'' Matzek said. ''I don't really know a whole lot of information right now.''
The Diamondbacks optioned Tuffy Gosewisch to Triple-A after the game, meaning they will start the season with two catchers: Castillo and Chris Herrmann.
Arizona also released infielder Joaquin Arias, leaving 31 players in camp.
MINOR LEAGUE DAY
Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis and Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin pitched in minor league games so they wouldn't face their first regular-season opponent. Bettis starts Tuesday and Corbin is scheduled to pitch Wednesday.
CASTRO MAKES IT
Rockies manager Walt Weiss told 21-year-old right-hander Miguel Castro he made the 25-man roster. The hard-throwing Castro, acquired from Toronto last summer in the Troy Tulowitzki deal, could pitch in the late innings.
''We want a powerful bullpen,'' Weiss said.
The Rockies optioned right-hander Simon Castro to Triple-A, leaving 36 players in camp.
Weiss said they will most likely go with four starting pitchers to begin the season because of two early off days. The Rockies are short-handed with Jon Gray (abdominal) sidelined.
FITZ ON THE HILL
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Monday's opener.
''What pitch should I throw? Uncle Charlie or the Heater?'' Fitzgerald tweeted during the game.
Diamondbacks: RHP Rubby De La Rosa starts Friday night in the opener of a two-game series with Kansas City at Chase Field.
Rockies: RHP Christian Bergman starts Friday night against Seattle.