Youngsters Gray, Teheran ready for rematch

Youngsters Gray, Teheran ready for rematch

Friday night's second game of the Braves-Rockies four-game set will pit two exciting young pitchers in a rematch.

Colorado's Jon Gray, 24, and Atlanta's Julio Teheran, 25, each tossed seven shutout innings in their matchup at Turner Field on July 17. Gray limited the Braves to five hits with eight strikeouts and three walks, while Teheran held the Rockies to three hits with five striekouts and one walk.

Gray registered eight strikeouts and did not surrender a home run in his last two outings after allowing 10 homers in his eight previous starts. Teheran has not allowed a run in three of his past five starts, but he gave up five runs in the other two outings.

Things to know about this game

• Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado will return to the starting lineup after manager Walt Weiss gave him his second day off of the season on Thursday. Arenado did not get much rest over the All-Star break and is 4-for-18 (.222) in his last five games.

• The Rockies have yielded 10 or more runs an MLB-high 16 times this season, including Tuesday and Wednesday. The Braves, on the other hand, have scored 10 turns or more just once, on July 8.

• Braves general manager John Coppolella said the club has no intention of trading Teheran, adding that 12 rival general managers have called to ask about him.

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.