• Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer returned to the starting lineup on Friday after missing Thursday's 11-3 victory over the Mets because of a tight right hamstring.
Both of Cuddyer's hamstrings were tight after Tuesday's doubleheader sweep of the Mets in frigid temperatures, although the right was of greater concern. But Cuddyer, who entered Friday hitting .367 with three home runs, 12 RBIs, a double and a triple, said sitting out Thursday afternoon, which tied a Rockies record-low at 28 degrees, was merely a precaution.
• Rockies left-hander Edwar Cabrera, who hoped to compete for a rotation spot but was placed on the 60-day disabled list early in Spring Training with a left shoulder impingement, faced hitters for the first time on Friday. He'll have another session on Tuesday. Cabrera will pitch in extended spring training, with an eye toward going on a 30-day Minor League rehab assignment that will end in time for him to be eligible to be reinstated on May 30. Then the Rockies would have to decide whether to activate him or option him to the Minors.
• The Rockies entered Friday with a 6-3 record in the National League West, with all the wins against the Padres and all the losses to the Giants. Of the next 14 games, 10 will be in the division -- seven against the D-backs, three against the Dodgers.
"It's important, no question about it," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "The bottom line is we want to click off wins, regardless who we're playing. But within your division you play those guys a lot. It's important to play well in those games. It's a tough division. Particularly at home within our division, there's some importance to those games."
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