• Duke University head football coach David Cutcliffe and several Duke equipment managers visited the Rockies' clubhouse before Wednesday night's game. Cutcliffe was quarterbacks coach at the University of Tennessee when Todd Helton was a quarterback there. Cutcliffe also was head coach at Ole Miss when former Rockies outfielder Seth Smith, now with the Athletics, was a quarterback there. Cutcliffe also worked with Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning at Tennessee and Giants quarterback Eli Manning at Ole Miss.
• The Rockies moved Charlie Culberson from the infield to the outfield at Triple-A Colorado Springs before calling him to the Majors. But Culberson, a Rome, Ga., native who had plenty of family and friends at Turner Field, made his first Rockies start at second base. Culberson committed an error on the first ball hit to him, by Braves leadoff hitter Jason Heyward.
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