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Two Rockies battle for closer’s role

Citizen Staff Writer



Colorado closer Huston Street does not generally rear back and throw as hard as he can to get saves.

He relies on a little power, but mostly tries to use his head on the mound.

The style has worked for a Street, who has 94 career saves, fifth most in major league history for a player under the age of 26.

Street, fighting with Manny Corpas for the Rockies’ closing job, did his part with the fastball Thursday, despite an 8-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of 6,261 fans at Hi Corbett Field.

He tossed a scoreless ninth inning.

The young hurler, who had 37 saves and a 4-4 record in a breakthrough 2006 season, has a collection of pitches, but he won’t reach triple digits on the radar gun.

“You can throw eight sliders in a row; if the guy doesn’t show you a swing that looks like he can hit a slider, you are doing him a favor by throwing him a fastball,” Street said. “If my slider is working, you will see me throw more sliders. If I am throwing 94, then you will see more fastballs. I have never been a power guy.”

Street, picked up in a trade involving Matt Holliday this offseason, posted five excellent outings in his past six to make the Rockies’ decision between him and Corpas more difficult.

Street still has a 6.48 ERA this spring, while Corpas’ is 1.29.

“(Street) has been on a nice little roll,” said Colorado manager Clint Hurdle. “He had some pretty good put-away pitches. We have seen a marked improvement.”

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