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STL@COL: White allows two runs over 5 1/3 frames

Growing up in North Carolina, Rockies right-hander Alex White idolized the Braves' perennial playoff teams of the 1990s.

His fandom, however, will come to an abrupt end on Wednesday, when he faces his favorite childhood team for the first time as the Rockies and Braves meet for the third game of their four-game set.

"Obviously, I grew up a huge Braves fan growing up in North Carolina," White said. "In the '90s I was a little kid. I loved a lot of those teams. At this point in my life, I'm here to win, I'm here to pitch well for the Rockies. I'm part of this organization, and I'm happy with where I'm at."

Although White, 24, realizes it'll be his job to sit down the Braves' lineup when he takes the mound, he can't help but be excited about pitching against the likes of veteran third baseman Chipper Jones.

"He's a good hitter, I'm going to have to work hard to get him out," White said. "I've watched him play for a long time, and it'll be fun. It's also one of those things where I have to get the guy out. They're a good team, and that's pretty obvious. I'm going to have to throw well to keep our team in it tomorrow."

In his previous start, against the Padres, White struggled, lasting just 3 2/3 innings and surrendering three earned runs.

Opposing White will be 24-year-old left-hander Mike Minor, who allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings his last time out in the Braves' 8-5 loss to the Phillies.

Minor had a three-run lead early, but he gave it all back and took a no-decision.

"If they give me runs, I need to go out there and shut that inning down," Minor said after the game. "Obviously, it's disappointing to give up some base hits right there and then pretty much all the runners score."

Braves: Two pitchers added
The Braves added top prospect Julio Teheran and reliever Cory Gearrin, both right-handers, to the expanded roster before Tuesday night's game. They do not have plans to add any more players during the remainder of the regular season.

Teheran had a trying season, posting a 5.08 ERA in 26 starts for Triple-A Gwinnett. But the talented 21-year-old provided some encouragement by allowing two earned runs or fewer in three of his final four starts.

After producing a 2.55 ERA in 25 appearances (24 starts) with Gwinnett in 2011, Teheran spent this season struggling with his mechanics. But he made some simple changes, such as raising his glove, and displaying a more fluid delivery as the final weeks of the season unfolded.

Rockies: Two to be called up on Wednesday
With the season completed for Triple-A Colorado Springs, the Rockies announced on Tuesday that right-hander Rob Scahill and third baseman/right fielder Matt McBride will join the team on Wednesday.

Scahill, the Rockies' eighth-round pick in 2009, will be making his Major League debut. He pitched all season in the Colorado Springs rotation, going 9-11 with a 5.68 ERA. He struck out 159 and walked 74 in 152 innings.

Manager Jim Tracy said that he will try to get Scahill in a game quickly to get his feet wet. After that it will be determined whether Scahill will be used in a piggyback role or as a more traditional reliever.

"I think settling a young kid in is really important instead of just throwing him to the wolves," Tracy said. "I don't want to feel like we're doing that to him."

McBride made his Major League debut on Aug. 4, against the Giants. He played in nine games, hitting .200 with two RBIs, before being sent back to Triple-A.

Worth noting
• Before winning on Tuesday, the Rockies' last victory in Atlanta came on April 17, 2010.

• Michael Bourn has nine homers, and with the next one, he'll become just the fourth player in Braves history to post double digits in homers, triples (10) and stolen bases (38) in the same season. Comments