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Podsednik impresses with clutch triple

Podsednik impresses with clutch triple

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Rockies non-roster outfielder Scott Podsednik came off the bench for a triple in the seventh inning of the Rockies' 4-2 victory Monday. It was the latest accomplishment for Podsednik, batting .370 in his bid for a reserve job.

"It's always good when you see somebody you call off the bench come up with a hit like that," said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, who said he is starting to manage like it's the regular season.

Checking in with other players trying to make an impression:

• Jayson Nix, trying to earn the starting assignment at second base, homered and singled twice. He has three homers in six Cactus League hits. Nix disputed the contention of scouts who say hitting homers leads him into the bad habit of lengthening his swing.

"That's something people say, for some reason, but I feel I'm a pretty disciplined player," Nix said.

• Ian Stewart, a third-base prospect who is trying to force his way onto the club, hit a game-winning, two-run shot in the 10th -- his third homer in seven days.

• Three relievers trying to forge spots had strong performances. Righty Ramon Ramirez struck out three and walked one in two scoreless and hitless innings, and has a 0.90 spring ERA. From the left side, Micah Bowie overcame a walk in his inning, and Josh Newman shut down the Giants after a leadoff single in his frame.

Right fielder Brad Hawpe (sore left elbow) played catch from 80 feet and took batting practice, and he hopes to play designated hitter Wednesday. He last played last Monday. Also, right-handed pitcher Juan Morillo, left-hander John Koronka, catcher Michael McKenry and outfielder Sean Barker were sent to Minor League camp.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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