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08/07/10 7:49 PM ET

Rogers, Maholm each searching for success

While Esmil Rogers has split time between Triple-A Colorado Springs and the Colorado Rockies the entire season, he is hoping this time he sticks with the big club.

Called up from Colorado Springs, Rogers will start Sunday's finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In five games this season, two of which have been starts, the righty is 1-2 with a 4.85 ERA.

Rogers helped the Rockies in two tight games in July, but he was optioned again, and made the most of his time in Triple-A, striking out 22 in his past three starts.

During his most recent time in the Minors, Rogers was able to mature and build his pitch count.

"I want to throw the ball where the catcher gives me the glove," Rogers said. "I don't care who the hitter is. I put the ball right there. For my command, I trust my pitches -- my curveball, my changeup, my slider."

While Rogers is still just getting started, Pirates pitcher Paul Maholm is eager to gain some consistency in what could be considered an up-and-down year.

Against Cincinnati on Tuesday, Maholm went six innings, giving up nine hits and four runs for the win -- his seventh of the season which improved his record to 7-9 with a 4.59 ERA.

Yet, in his previous start on July 29 at Colorado, the lefty gave up a season-high 11 hits and eight runs. Sunday will give him a chance to redeem himself.

In his past six starts, Maholm has a 2-3 record, giving up 25 runs and striking out 13.

Rockies: Hot-hitting Helton
Todd Helton homered in the top of the 10th inning Saturday and has now hit in four straight games since coming off the disabled list Aug. 3. The home run also gave him 2,200 career hits. He has hit in the No. 2 spot for 19 games this season, going 23-for-79 with two home runs and six RBIs.

Pirates: Coming through the system
With an appearance by Chan Ho Park in Friday night's game, the Pirates have now used a total of 45 different players this season (25 pitchers/20 position players). The club record for most players used in a season is 49, set in 1987 and 2001. The club record for most pitchers used in a season is 26, established in '08.

Worth noting
After hitting a home run and knocking in two runs in the Rockies' win Friday night, Carlos Gonzalez has seven home runs and 12 RBIs over his past nine games. Only one other National League player had that many homers and runs batted in over a nine-game span this season -- Dan Uggla from July 23-31 (seven homers, 12 RBIs). The last Rockie to have a nine-game span like that was Matt Holliday in September '07. ... With the Pirates' win Saturday, they now have 18 comeback wins this season, 12 of which came on the final at-bat.

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