Fogg emerges: Workmanlike right-hander Josh Fogg continues to defy anyone that suggests that one can't win without special talent. He has won in double figures three of the last four years, and this spring, he won the contest for the fifth-starter job.Fogg (0-1, 4.30 ERA this spring; 11-9, 5.49 in 2006) often speaks matter of factly that someone is always being brought in to force him out of a job, but he keeps giving his team chances to win games. Hurdle likes the way Fogg handles that situation. "He's not anxious about it; he didn't back down from it; didn't shy away from it," Hurdle said. "He's had to compete most of the time he's been on the baseball field, and this was another opportunity to do that, and he did it well." Unfinished bullpen: For now, right-handers Manny Corpas and Ramon Ramirez compete for one bullpen spot. That could change should the Rockies trade right-hander Byung-Hyun Kim to a team in need of a starter, depending on what the Rockies receive in return. "Our bullpen is not a final product, even as we speak," Hurdle said. Corpas has aggressively thrown strikes and pitched five scoreless innings with two saves. Ramirez is 1-0 with an 8.31 ERA in five games and has battled illness in recent days. He could pitch on Saturday against the Angels in Tempe, Ariz. Battling: Before Atkins' grand slam on Friday -- a line shot that quickly cleared the wall in center -- Matsui fouled off pitch after pitch before drawing a walk from White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd in what Hurdle called "a very professional at-bat." Earlier, Matsui went 0-for-1 with a walk against lefty John Danks. The flyout/double play was a decent at-bat, as Matsui fouled off several pitches in a hit-and-run attempt. However, the switch-hitting Matsui is 2-for-10 with three strikeouts against lefty pitchers this spring, and he hit .119 against them last season with the Mets and the Rockies. He batted .299 against right-handers. Hurdle said one way to get right-swinging Jamey Carroll playing time is starting him against lefties instead of Matsui. Carroll hit .359 against left-handers and a respectable .283 against righties last season. But Hurdle noted that Matsui hit left-handers in the past, and he has made progress this spring. "It's something we've talked a lot about going in, but I'm never going to paint myself in a corner," Hurdle said. Up next: The Rockies, led by southpaw Jeff Francis, will face the Angels and right-hander Kelvim Escobar at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday at 2:05 MT.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.