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Ubaldo Jimenez Named Rockies' Opening Day Starter; Team Defeats Brewers, 9-7

After the Rockies 9-7 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, the Colorado Rockies named Ubaldo Jimenez the team's Opening Day starter when they play the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 1, according to the Denver Post's Troy Renck. He will be followed by Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin and Jason Hammel. This fifth starter is still up for grabs, but Esmil Rogers leads that race, especially after today's outing by Greg Reynolds

Reynolds started today's game against the Brewers and did well for his first three innings out there. But he ran into trouble in the fourth inning. He allowed three runs on a bunch of singles and doubles, though Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki saved a run on the relay throw to Chris Iannetta at home plate. In the fifth, Reynolds surrendered a three-run home run to Prince Fielder. He exited the game after six innings, having allowed six runs on nine hits.

The Rockies batted around the order in the bottom of the first when they scored five runs. Doubles by Gonzalez, Ty Wigginton and Ryan Spilborghs and a Tulowitzki single drove in five runs. Wily Peralta allowed all five runs and exited with only one out recorded in the game.

Down 6-5 in the seventh, Ben Paulsen drove in two on a single to put the team up, 7-6. In the eighth Chris Nelson hit a sacrifice bunt that Mat Gamel failed to throw properly, allowing Nelson to reach third base and Willy Taveras to score. Jose Morales, the likely backup catcher, drove in Nelson.

John Maine will start for the Rockies on Saturday in a game against the Reds. Johnny Cueto opposes him. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. MT.