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One of the most boring games of the season so far. Jeff Francis didn't have it, the Rockies didn't seem particularly interested in bailing him out, and for Matt Anderson I have but three words: designated for assignment. Ryan Shealy was 0 for 3 with a walk in his major league debut. Atkins, Helton, Hawpe, and Closser had two hits apiece, but the rest of the Rockies' lineup had one total, and that's not going to get it done.
The Indians offense must have been happy to see Colorado, as everyone in the lineup got at least one knock. Travis Hafner hit about a five hundred-footer off of Anderson in garbage time. Even Aaron Boone got in on the fun. Jake Westbrook wasn't dominant but the Rockies couldn't string anything together against him past a pair of RBI singles from Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe in the 3rd.
During the innings I managed to keep awake for I found some more links for y'all: here's SI.com's John Rolfe on the Barmes quagmire, and for those of you high rollers with ESPN Insider, Rob Neyer on horrible road teams and Gary Gillette on future All-Stars, including Jeff Francis: "unless he gets hit by lightning, a true All-Star in the making."
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