Colorado (25-43) at Milwaukee (35-31)

Cloudy Currently: Milwaukee, WI, US
Temp: 64° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue Jun 22, 2004
  • TV: FSRM
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Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle is looking forward to having his entire lineup intact.

He’ll finally get that chance when Larry Walker suits up for the opener of a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

The five-time All-Star, who has missed the first 68 games of the season with a strained groin, returned to Denver on Sunday and will be activated Tuesday. Utility player Kit Pellow will be optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room on the roster.

Walker’s return comes three days after Preston Wilson was also activated from the disabled list. Wilson had missed 58 games while recovering from knee surgery.

“It will be nice to have that opportunity to have a whole lineup and see how it plays out offensively,” Hurdle said.

Walker, the NL MVP in 1997, hit .284 with 16 homers and 79 RBIs last season while struggling with knee and shoulder injuries. He had surgery to correct both injuries during the offseason, but he hurt his groin early in spring training.

Walker played five games with Double-A Tulsa during a rehab assignment and did not report any problems.

Colorado had won four of five before falling to the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Sunday. The Rockies took a 2-0 lead into the ninth, but closer Shawn Chacon gave up a grand slam to Brian Roberts. It was his sixth blown save of the season.

“I had no command. I felt fine, I just threw a lot of balls and got behind in the count,” Chacon said. “I didn’t get the job done. I’m frustrated, but all I can do is go out there and do what I do.”

The Brewers had won four of five before falling to the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Sunday. It was the fourth straight series in which they had a chance to sweep but lost the finale.

“It’s not like we’re playing chump teams,” Brewers outfielder Geoff Jenkins said. “You have to give credit to the guys they throw out there. That last day, when they haven’t won the first two games of the series, they do whatever it takes to win.”

STANDINGS (through June 20): Rockies - 5th place, 13 GB, NL West. Brewers - 4th place, 4 1/2 GB, NL Central.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Jennings (6-6, 6.75 ERA). Jennings has won four of his past five starts. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed three runs and six hits over six innings Wednesday in a 7-6 win over the Boston Red Sox. Jennings is 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA in three career games against the Brewers.

BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Doug Davis (6-5, 3.44 ERA). Davis, who has won two straight starts, had one of his strongest outings of the season Wednesday. The 28-year-old left-hander allowed one run and five hits over seven innings in a 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners. Davis lost his only previous start against the Rockies after allowing three earned runs in six innings.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Todd Helton, .338 avg.; Jeromy Burnitz and Vinny Castilla, 16 HRs; Castilla, 56 RBIs; Royce Clayton, 53 runs and 5 SBs. Brewers - Lyle Overbay, .345 avg. and 49 RBIs; Jenkins, 10 HRs; Scott Podsednik, 46 runs and 30 SBs.

2003 SEASON SERIES: Rockies, 5-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - OF Burnitz returned to the lineup Sunday after missing two games with a tight hamstring. He went 1-for-4. … RHP Turk Wendell, out with a shoulder injury, retired the only three batters he faced for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday. … 1B Helton has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games, batting .400 (16-for-40) in that span. Brewers - 1B Overbay went 0-for-2 Sunday, ending a 16-game hitting streak. … RHP Dan Kolb, who has an 0.98 ERA, has converted 21 of 22 save opportunities this season. “We have our version of Gagne going out there,” Jenkins said. … The Brewers have struck out 536 times this season, second-most in the majors.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 8-25 on the road; Brewers - 20-15 at home.

INJURIES: Rockies - LHP Brian Fuentes (back), 15-day DL; RHP Wendell (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Adam Bernero (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Jason Young (ribs), 60-day DL. Brewers - INF Wes Helms (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Ben Ford (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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101 BB 79
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