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CarGo picks up first hits of Spring Training


MESA, Ariz. -- Making his third start in four Cactus League games, Carlos Gonzalez finally found his first hit, driving a single to left in his first at-bat against the Cubs on Tuesday.

With the World Baseball Classic around the corner, Gonzalez didn't stop there. His competitive nature is ramped up, and he kept punishing Cubs pitchers. He also doubled to right-center, walked, stole a base and scored a run.

"For me, it doesn't matter if I'm playing in the World Series, or Spring Training," Gonzalez said. "I still want to do well. I still get mad if I don't play the way I want to. The good thing is, Spring Training is for getting ready. It always feels good to have a good game and make good contact."

The steal wasn't exactly picture-perfect, but it was emblematic of his no-holds barred approach to pacing a Rockies club that could stand to be more aggressive on the bases.

"I was in a crazy position, because he was like 1-and-2 to the plate, but I still have to try some stuff," Gonzalez said. "If I got thrown out, I was going to be mad.

"It's part of my game," he said of his ability to cause havoc on the bases. "I try to work hard every day to get better in every aspect. It feels good."

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