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SF@ARI: Zito fans four over 6 2/3 strong innings

Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn't have a reason.

His team has gone 10-2 against the Rockies since the start of August, which is a big reason why San Francisco has positioned itself up perfectly to make the playoffs and win the division.

It hasn't been just the past month and a half though. The Giants have won 26 of their last 35 against Colorado and 13 of their last 17 at AT&T Park.

On Thursday, Bochy will send Barry Zito to the mound in hopes of completing the series sweep and adding to those lopsided numbers.

Although he doesn't know why the Giants do so well against Colorado, he'll certainly take it.

"When you have certain success against a club, or the other way around, some things are hard to explain," Bochy said. "A lot of these games could have gone either way. There's really nothing that can explain it."

But the Giants aren't going to just assume Thursday's game is an automatic 'W'.

"We have a job to do, and that's to keep coming out here and win ballgames, keep our focus on what we need to do," Bochy said. "It's nice to be in a situation where you control what happens. That's how we have to look at it, not look at what's going on anywhere else."

Lefty Jorge De La Rosa will attempt to get in the way of that when he starts for Colorado. He is making his first Major League appearance since May 24, 2011 and he's been out since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

He won 16 games for the Rockies in 2009 and he'll go for No. 1 in 2012 against a tough opponent, who he is 7-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 74 1/3 innings against in his career.

"It's really exciting to be back in the game," De La Rosa said. "But at the same time, I have to be calm, don't get too excited on the mound. That will be real hard for me, but I will try to stay calm and make my pitches."

Giants: MLB to wait and see on NL batting title
Melky Cabrera looks to be headed toward winning the National League batting title, and while not leaning toward unprecedented action that would overturn that achievement, Commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday that Major League Baseball is taking a wait-and-see approach.

Cabrera was batting .346 before being banned for 50 games for violating MLB's drug policy. Andrew McCutchen is closest to Cabrera and he is batting .340 after going 2-for-4 Wednesday.

"Well, we'll see how it all plays out," Selig said. "We generally don't interfere in that process as you know, but we'll take a look at it."

Rockies: Tracy thinks Rosario warrants ROY consideration
The crop of rookies in the National League has been superb this year with standouts like Bryce Harper, Wade Miley, Todd Frazier and Anthony Rizzo all putting up big numbers in their inaugural seasons.

Wilin Rosario's name hasn't been mentioned as frequently, but manager Jim Tracy thinks his catcher deserves consideration.

Rosario has belted 25 homers, which is tops among NL rookies this year.

"To just take that and not mention him as a guy to be considered as a Rookie of the Year candidate?" Tracy said. "To me, that's a little unfair. We still have 15 ballgames left and this guy has 25 home runs. That's quite an offensive season, with 300-some-odd at-bats. That's why we're going to keep working real hard behind the plate."

Worth noting
• De La Rosa has struck out 67 Giants in 74 1/3 innings pitched against them.

• If the Giants win, whether Zito gets the decision, it'll mark the first time since June 28-Aug. 10, 2005 with Oakland, that his team has won nine of his starts in a row.

• Zito is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in his last three outings.

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