M. Tracy hopes to make Coors Field his home
Manager's son was selected by Rockies in 22nd round of Draft
DENVER -- Not many 21-year-olds just signed out of college as a 22nd-round Draft pick get to step into a Major League manager's office and sit down and eat breakfast. But that was the case Sunday morning.
Of course, the youngster happened to be Mark Tracy, son of Rockies manager Jim Tracy. And in not too long, Mark Tracy will have to earn his way to the place he wants to be -- among the players.
Tracy hit .290 with 12 home runs and 49 RBIs for Duquesne University this past season. The Rockies selected him in the 49th round last year, after his junior year. Tracy played summer ball in Alaska last year, swinging a wood bat, and gained notice. The jump in status suggests that the club sees a prospect, not just a son of a skipper.
"This is definitely a place where I'd like to end up, but even getting a chance to play in the Minor Leagues for the same organization as my dad is a pretty awesome feeling," said Tracy, who will play short-season Class A ball at Tri-City in Pasco, Wash.
Tracy is listed at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. He says he's slightly taller than his older brother, Chad Tracy, who is in Triple-A with the Rangers.
Mark Tracy played first base and catcher at Duquesne. The Rockies drafted him to play behind the plate.
"I caught a lot of my junior year [of college] and I caught all through high school," he said. "I'm not going to hop back there tomorrow and feel great, but I'm athletic enough to hop back there tomorrow, catch the ball and be able to make a throw. It's just a matter of time before you really feel comfortable with it."
No cheapies this season for Corpas
DENVER -- Rockies closer Manuel Corpas has had plenty of experience pitching under pressure this season. His saves haven't been cheap.
Corpas preserved a 1-0 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday. He has eight saves this season, and six of those ended as one-run games. His two blown saves also ended up one-run losses.
He was not the least bit bothered by the tense nature of Saturday night's contest.
"I had good command," Corpas said. "I had two days off, so it made me stronger. I was just trying to be relaxed since the game was 1-0.
"Any time I go into the ninth inning of a game, I never think about the score. To me, it's always 0-0. I'm just trying to do my job, make my pitches and not let the other team score."
Reynolds optioned to Double-A Tulsa
DENVER -- The Rockies announced on Sunday that the club reinstated pitcher Greg Reynolds from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Double-A Tulsa.
The 2006 first-round Draft pick, who was out with a right elbow contusion, was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 27. The right-hander made four Minor League starts as part of a rehab assignment, going 1-2 with 6.23 ERA in those appearances.
Reynolds is 8-7 with a 3.32 ERA in 37 career Minor League starts dating to 2006. He went 2-8 with an 8.13 ERA with the Rockies in 2008.
-- Joey Nowak
Rare 1-0 result for Rockies at home
DENVER -- The Rockies' victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday was just the ninth 1-0 result in the history of Coors Field, which opened in 1995.
There were no 1-0 games in the first 864 games played at the park. But that changed on July 9, 2005, when right-hander Jason Jennings led the Rockies to a 1-0 defeat of the Padres. There were three such games apiece in 2006 and '08.
The last one before Saturday, which featured eight strong innings from Jason Hammel, was last July 6, with the Rockies' Jason Marquis beating the Nationals.
According to the Elias Sport Bureaus, the 864 games without a 1-0 final was the longest span in any park in Major League history.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Joey Nowak is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.