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Sanchez to make pitching debut Monday for Rockies

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Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez will make his Rockies debut Monday at Arizona, taking the spot in the

four-man rotation occupied by Jeremy Guthrie.

The Rockies traded the disappointing Guthrie to the Royals for Sanchez, who had been designated for

assignment on July 17 by Kansas City. Sanchez, 29, went 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts for the Royals.

This was his first season for the Royals, who traded outfielder Melky Cabrera to the Giants for Sanchez in

a regrettable deal.

The Rockies will save $1.1 million by trading Guthrie, 33, who went 3-9 with a 6.35 ERA in 19 games, 15

starts, and gave up 21 homers in 90 2/3 innings. He was particularly ineffective at Coors Field, where he

had a 9.51 ERA in nine games, seven starts.

Sanchez will give the Rockies four left-handers in their four-man rotation, which was the case before

Guthrie replaced Josh Outman on July 4. The other Colorado starters are Jeff Francis, Christian Friedrich

and Drew Pomeranz.

Sanchez pitched for the Giants from 2006-2011 and has a history at Coors Field, where he has a 4.76 ERA

in 12 games, including eight starts.

With the Royals, Sanchez had 44 walks and 36 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings. He led the National League in

walks in 2010.

Guthrie lasted 2 2/3 innings Wednesday at Coors Field against the Pirates. The Rockies gave him a 5-1

lead in the second but he gave up five runs in the third, three on a homer by Garrett Jones, when he also

walked one batter and hit another with a pitch.

Seeking a veteran starter with a history of being able to pitch 200 innings, the Rockies acquired

Guthrie from the Orioles in January for righties Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom.

"In fairness to Jeremy, I took a phone call earlier this afternoon where he pretty much was apologetic

for the way that he had performed for our club," said manager Jim Tracy, whose team fell to San Diego 9-5

Friday. "I'm bringing it up, because actually it's not something a player normally does. I think it's a

show of how much he did care, how much he wanted to, but for whatever reason it didn't work out. For the

good of him and the organization, you had to do something."
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