Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/19/14
. Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa made his long-awaited return to the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, pitched better than his line would indicate and, being a proven winner, offers more tangible hope for 2013 than any rookie. De La Rosa took the mound for the first time since May 24, 2011, when he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He underwent Tommy John surgery June 3, 2011. De La Rosa missed 264 games. He gave up seven hits and six runs, five earned, in 3 2/3 innings with one walk and one strikeout and threw 70 pitches, 44 strikes. De La Rosa gave up a solo homer to Pablo Sandoval with two out in the first. He gave up an unearned run in the third when catcher Wilin Rosario, playing his first career game at first base, missed a popup. And when the Giants broke the game open with six runs in the fourth, De La Rosa allowed run to score on a wild pitch but could have escaped with just that one run had Rosario been able to pick up third baseman Chris Nelson's low thr...
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