Cincinnati (71-74) at Colorado (68-77)

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  • Game info: 3:10 pm EDT Sun Sep 11, 2011
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In exchange for their ace, the Colorado Rockies acquired four minor leaguers - including two prime pitching prospects - prior to the trade deadline.

While Alex White’s(notes) transition to the NL hasn’t exactly panned out as expected, Colorado could finally be set to reap some rewards from that blockbuster deal.

Drew Pomeranz makes his much-anticipated major league debut as the Rockies and visiting Cincinnati Reds conclude a three-game set Sunday.

Cleveland sent Pomeranz, White and two others to Colorado in exchange for Ubaldo Jimenez(notes) on July 30. Pomeranz was thought to be lost for the season after undergoing an emergency appendectomy Aug. 20, but he recovered quickly and is eager to take the mound on the big stage.

“I love the opportunity they’ve given me,” Pomeranz told the Rockies’ official website. “I don’t know where I would be if I were still with the Indians at this point. Being involved in that trade, they wanted me to be over here. Now they’re giving me a great opportunity to go out there and show what I’ve got.

“I’m going out there and trying to find a way to win somehow. If what I do the first day isn’t right, I’m not going to quit thinking about it or quit working on things until I find out what’s going to work up here.”

The 22-year-old left-hander, the fifth overall pick in last year’s draft, posted a 1.78 ERA in 101 minor league innings this season - numbers that have manager Jim Tracy excited.

“We’re just going to let this kid go participate for a little bit,” Tracy said. “Then we’ll see where it’s at, and then we’ll move forward from there. It’s safe to say that you can feel encouraged by the fact that, as we move forward, there’s a real strong chance he’s going to be an integral part of this.”

White, meanwhile, struggled again Saturday, surrendering seven runs and five homers in five innings of a 12-7 win over the Reds (71-74).

Despite seeing his ERA swell to 8.18 over four starts since joining the Rockies, White earned the victory as Colorado (68-77) recorded its highest run total in more than three weeks.

Dexter Fowler(notes), Mark Ellis(notes), Jason Giambi(notes) and Jordan Pacheco(notes) each homered while the bullpen recorded four innings of one-hit ball. The Rockies have taken 11 of 12 home meetings in this series.

Edinson Volquez(notes) (5-4, 5.93 ERA) gets the tough task of trying to stifle the Rockies in his first big league start since July 5, when he allowed seven runs in 5 1-3 innings of an 8-1 loss at St. Louis.

The hard-throwing right-hander was sent down for his second stint of the season with Triple-A Louisville following that outing, but pitched well there and was recalled Sept. 3 after going 3-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 11 starts.

“I expect him to pitch well,” manager Dusty Baker told the Reds’ official website. “The reports have gotten better as he’s pitched more. Give him the ball and hopefully he’ll pitch well.”

Chris Heisey(notes) went deep twice Saturday while Joey Votto(notes) also left the yard. Votto, who has gone 8 for 18 with five runs scored and five RBIs in his last four games, is batting .413 over 13 career games in Colorado.

Ellis, 3 for 4 with a homer against Volquez, left Saturday’s game in the sixth inning after getting hit in the head by a pitch. His status for this one is unclear.

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E. Vólquez Pit vs. D. Pomeranz Oak
5-7 Record 2-1
5.71 ERA 5.40
104 K 13
65 BB 5
1.57 WHIP 1.31


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