Colorado (17-24) at New York (20-22)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat May 22, 2004
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The New York Mets are giving Tyler Yates another chance to prove himself at the major league level.

The rookie right-hander will look to bounce back from several poor outings and a stint in the minors when the Mets take on the visiting Colorado Rockies in the middle game of their series.

Yates had a solid spring, which earned him a spot in the team’s rotation to begin the season. However control problems and an inability to get past the fifth inning in most of his starts resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Norfolk on May 9.

“I was given an opportunity to make a statement that I can pitch in the big leagues,” Yates said. “They gave me a chance, and I didn’t take advantage of it.”

Yates made six starts before being sent to Norfolk, allowing 19 earned runs and 38 hits over 28 1-3 innings. He had lost three straight starts before his demotion, including a 6-4 defeat to Milwaukee on May 8, in which he allowed five runs and eight hits over five innings.

He responded to the demotion by tossing 5 2-3 scoreless innings for Norfolk on Monday night.

Yates is taking the rotation spot of injured left-hander Al Leiter, who went on the disabled list Thursday, retroactive to May 12, because of shoulder tendinitis.

Yates is hoping for some of the offensive support the Mets gave Matt Ginter during Friday’s 9-7 win over the Rockies.

New York scored in each of the first four innings, had 14 hits and walked seven times in its best offensive display since scoring nine times in a win at Los Angeles on April 27.

Aaron Cook, who did not make the Rockies out of spring training, is making his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs last Saturday. He allowed six runs and 10 hits over six innings in Monday’s 7-6 loss to Philadelphia.

The right-hander is hoping to help solve Colorado’s road woes. The Rockies have lost 13 of their 19 games away from Coors Field.

Only the Expos, with 16, have more road losses in the NL.

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Starting Pitchers

A. Cook Col vs. T. Yates Pit
6-4 Record 2-4
4.28 ERA 6.36
40 K 35
39 BB 25
1.56 WHIP 1.84