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Rockies Vs. Giants: Jorge De La Rosa Set For 2012 Season Debut

The Colorado Rockies will hope the return of starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa can help them avoid a sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants on Thursday afternoon.

De La Rosa will make his first appearance in a big league game since May 24, 2011, when an elbow injury he suffered ended up requiring Tommy John surgery.

Opposing him is San Francisco left-hander Barry Zito (12-8, 4.21 ERA), who has picked up wins in eight-straight decisions dating back to early August. His most recent came in a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in which he tossed 6⅔ innings, giving up six hits and only one earned run on Sept. 15.

Colorado is in the midst of a five-game losing skid, including the first three of this four-game set in San Francisco to the NL West division-leading Giants. Wednesday night's 7-1 loss saw the Rockies' bats get silenced by Giants ace Matt Cain, who only allowed one run in eight innings of work.

Game-time is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. MT and can be seen on ROOT Sports.

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