The way Carlos Gonzalez is playing, it is becoming hard to believe that he is with his third organization.
The Rockies are more than happy he is patrolling the outfield at Coors Field for them, considering Arizona (Dan Haren trade) and Oakland (Matt Holiday deal) traded him in recent years.
If he keeps flaunting his talent, the 24-year-old will be in line for his first All-Star appearance in his first full season in the big leagues.
Gonzalez will try to keep the Rockies rolling, like he did in the series opener with a first-inning home run, in the second game of a three-game set with the National League West-leading San Diego Padres on Tuesday at PETCO Park.
The left-handed-hitting Gonzalez is in a bit of groove right now, as he has hit safely in six of his past seven games -- including four multi-hit games.
With Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list for at least a month and a half, Gonzalez has been moved from his usual leadoff spot to the third hole. He is hitting .303 with 45 runs, 11 home runs, 47 RBIs and 11 stolen bases on the season.
Rockies starter Jason Hammel is on a bit of roll himself, coming out a winner in his past four decisions over six starts. with a 28 1/3-scoreless-innings streak mixed in.
San Diego counters with Wade LeBlanc, who had a 2-1 record with a 1.54 ERA after six starts but has completed just seven innings in a start once over his past seven outings.
Rockies: Helton, Hawpe ailing
The Rockies scratched first baseman Todd Helton from Monday night's game with the Padres because of lower back stiffness. He is listed as day-to-day and was replaced by Melvin Mora. ... Right fielder Brad Hawpe, who suffered bruised ribs on his right side when he crashed into the outfield fence in Anaheim on Friday night, reported feeling better during early batting practice on Monday. He missed games Saturday and Sunday. ... The Rockies ended Interleague Play tied with the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves for the second-best record among NL teams at 9-6. The club's .615 winning percentage against the American League since 2006 (48-30) is the best among NL clubs.
Padres: Gonzo's home comfort
Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-4 Monday and is riding a 10-game hitting streak at home since June 2. He is batting .452 (19-for-42) over that stretch and is hitting .378 (37-for-98) overall this month. ... Will Venable went 1-for-2 and is now .333 (13-for-39) with 13 RBIs over his past 14 games.
Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will make his final start before the All-Star break on July 9 at home against the Padres. The All-Star Game is four days later, one day before his normal next start, but a three-inning stint in the Midsummer Classic is a possibility if that is what NL manager Charlie Manuel chooses. ... San Diego veteran Matt Stairs, on the disabled list since June 11 (retroactive to June 7) with a strained right knee, ran and hit before Monday's game. Black said Stairs is "getting really close" to returning.
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