Lavigne Gets First Glimpse of Big-League Pitching, Doesn't Flinch in 4-3 Win

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Grant Lavigne, the Rockies Competitive Balance draft pick between the first and second round last June, got his first look at big-league pitching on Sunday. He didn't appear the least bid in awe.

The 19-year-old first baseman, looking to become the first high school position player from New Hampshire to make it to the big leagues, was an in-game substitution at first base. He responded by going 2-for-2 with a double, scoring one run and driving in another in the Rockies three-run sixth-inning.

Lavigne debuted at rookie Grand Junction last summer, hitting .350 with six home runs and 38 RBI in 59 games. He was a Pioneer League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star, leading the league with a .477 on-base percentage, and finishing fourth in average. He also drew more walks (45) than he had strikeouts (40) and despite being 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds stole 12 bases.

GERMAN MARQUEZ started and bounced back from a struggle in his previous appearance. Making his final start before taking the mound on Friday in Miami in the Rockies second regular-season game, Marquez allowed one hit and struck out four in three innings.

BRET BOSWELL came over from the minor league camp, and went 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple and RBI.

RH PTICHER JEFF Hoffman was optioned to Triple-A. That leaves 28 on spring roster. RHP Antonio Senzatela (right heel infection) and LHP Chris Rusin (upper back) will open season on DL. C Tom Murphy is on waivers. He will be assigned to Triple-A if he clears.

THE ROCKIES play their Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate in Albuquerque on Monday afternoon. Minor-league free-agent Chi Chi Gonzalez, who will be on the Albuquerque staff, will start for the Rockies, and top pitching prospect Peter Lambert will start for Albuquerque. Both KOA and AT&T Sports Net will carry Monday's game in Albuquerque.

THE ROCKIES wrap up the spring schedule with a game against the Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., on Tuesday. Jon Gray will start that game. Meanwhile, Tyler Anderson will pitch in a minor-league game in Scottsdale on Monday, and Chad Bettis will make a minor-league appearance on Tuesday.

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