San Diego (65-88) at Colorado (70-82)

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  • Game info: 8:40 pm EDT Mon Sep 19, 2011
  • TV: Ch4, ROOT
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Since last season’s miserable campaign ended, Kevin Millwood(notes) has bounced around to three teams.

The veteran right-hander could aid his chances of sticking with the Colorado Rockies beyond this year with another stellar performance against the San Diego Padres on Monday night.

The 36-year-old Millwood has won 162 games in his career but went 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA in his only season with Baltimore in 2010. After declaring free agency, he signed a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees in March, but opted out of his contract two months later and signed another minor-league deal with Boston.

He then opted out of that contract in August to join the Rockies (70-82) after Juan Nicasio(notes) suffered a season-ending neck injury.

Millwood has found a new beginning in Colorado by going 3-2 with a 3.68 ERA in seven starts. He earned a 6-2 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday, allowing two runs and four hits over six innings.

“The whole key has been getting an opportunity and showing people I can win at this level,” Millwood told the Rockies’ official website. “I don’t think the confidence ever weighed on my side. Obviously, it did on a lot of other people. I’ve gotten the opportunity to pitch in the big leagues again, and to some extent taken advantage of it, and thrown the ball pretty well.”

Millwood dominated the Padres (65-88) on Sept. 2 as he scattered seven hits over seven innings and struck out a season-high eight in a 3-0 victory, improving to 8-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 16 career matchups with San Diego.

The Rockies could use a strong pitching performance after being outscored 35-16 during a four-game weekend sweep by visiting San Francisco, culminating in a 12-5 loss Sunday.

Padres starter Cory Luebke(notes) (5-9, 3.27) will try to add to Colorado’s woes, but he hasn’t earned a win since Aug. 16. The rookie left-hander is 0-3 with a 5.06 ERA in his last four starts and matched a career high by giving up 10 hits in San Francisco on Tuesday.

However, he avoided another loss after the Padres rallied to tie the game before eventually falling 3-2 in 12 innings.

“I didn’t make it easy,” Luebke said. “I was glad we were able to get out of a jam here and there. It was a good learning experience.”

Luebke is 0-2 with an 8.36 ERA in three career starts against the Rockies, two of them last season. The only time he faced Colorado previously in 2011, he gave up five runs over 4 1-3 innings of a 5-4 home defeat Sept. 3.

The Padres took two of three at home from NL West-leading Arizona over the weekend but are 2-6 in their last eight games against Colorado. They dropped two of three at Coors from June 13-15.

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C. Luebke CWS vs. K. Millwood SEA
6-10 Record 4-3
3.29 ERA 3.98
154 K 36
44 BB 8
1.07 WHIP 1.21