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Anaheim 9, Colorado 5

3/31/2004

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Denny Stark was awarded the No. 5 spot in
the Colorado Rockies rotation Wednesday despite struggling for five
innings in a 9-5 loss to the Anaheim Angels.

Stark, 0-2 this spring, allowed six hits and six runs -- five
earned -- with three walks and no strikeouts. He was competing with
Chin-hui Tsao, who pitched in a minor-league game Wednesday and had
statistics similar to Stark's.

Despite his poor line, Stark said he made good pitches and had
good command.

"The last couple of outings I think I've been able to locate
pretty well," he said. "I've definitely seen some improvement,
and that's all I'm worried about."

John Lackey, named the fifth starter in Anaheim's rotation
earlier Wednesday, also had a rough outing. Lackey (1-2) got the
win despite allowing eight hits and five runs in six innings.

"My fastball felt a lot better today," Lackey said. "I was
locating better and was down in the zone a lot more. I'm confident
with where I'm at to start the season."

Colorado's Preston Wilson, who didn't play in an exhibition game
until Sunday because of a sore left knee, homered in his third
straight game. He hit a three-run homer off Lackey in the third.

David Eckstein and Jeff DaVanon each had two RBI for the
Angels. DaVanon and Robb Quinlan both homered.

Luis Gonzalez went 3-for-5 for the Rockies.

Angels catcher Bengie Molina left the game in the third inning
with a slightly strained left hamstring.

Game notes
The Angels announced their full rotation: Bartolo Colon,
Jarrod Washburn, Kelvim Escobar, Ramon Ortiz and Lackey. Aaron Sele
will open the season in the bullpen. ... Former boxing champion
Sugar Ray Leonard threw out the first pitch. Leonard was in Tucson
to promote his "Friday Night Fights" at a local casino. ... The
Rockies gave INF-OF Benji Gil his unconditional release. ...
Gonzalez was named the first recipient of the Abby Greer Award,
which goes to the club's spring MVP. The award is named after a
6-year-old Rockies fan who died in a traffic accident near Coors
Field in 2002.