Around the Cactus League

Updated: March 31, 2007, 1:47 AM ET
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Colorado Rockies: The Colorado Rockies purchased the contracts of outfielder Steve Finley and utility player John Mabry from the minor leagues on Friday after an exhibition game against Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The team also optioned outfielder Ryan Spilborghs to Colorado Springs and designated outfielder Alexis Gomez for assignment.

Finley gets a $1 million salary and can earn $350,000 in performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 500 and 525 plate appearances, $75,000 each for 550 and 575, and $100,000 for 600.

Mabry gets $750,000 and can earn $350,000 in performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 400 plate appearances and each additional 25 through 550.

"I think Mabry's experience speaks to a need we had," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.

Mabry hit .382 in spring training. Still, he was worried about the making the team because Spilborghs batted .412 and drove in 11 runs. Gomez hit .333.

"You never know what's going to happen,'' Mabry said. ``The other guys played great, too. Everybody swung the bat well."

Finley, entering his 19th season, hit .255 in spring training.

Elsewhere in the Cactus League:

Los Angeles Angels: Three pitches, nine outs.

The Angels have had a relatively uneventful spring training -- except for the three triple plays they have executed. Only six times since 1900 has a team turned as many as three triple plays during an entire regular season -- most recently the 1979 Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox.

"It's good to see that," Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher said Friday. "We didn't have very much magic last year, so hopefully this is an indication of what kind of magic we might have this year -- because that's what you need sometimes to get where you want to go. You just hope there's more of those kind of breaks during the season."

The Halos completed their latest triple play during Thursday night's 6-1 victory in the Freeway Series opener at Dodger Stadium.

"It's very peculiar, to say the least," said Casey Kotchman, who has been involved in all three triple plays. "There's no outs to start the play, and then you're running off the field. Before the pitch is made, you're kind of figuring out scenarios in your head about where you're going to throw the ball if it's hit to you."

The Angels have turned only six regular-season triple plays in franchise history and haven't had a triple-play in the regular season since July 5, 1997, against Seattle's Rich Amaral.

San Francisco Giants: San Francisco righty Russ Ortiz was scheduled to pitch Friday but instead was sent to Arizona where he will pitch in a minor league game on Sunday.

Ortiz is still scheduled to make his regular start April 7 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In other Giants news, Rich Aurilia, still recovering from a groin strain, was slated to DH for the Giants but instead started at first and had a double in three at-bats.

Meanwhile, Barry Bonds made a rare appearance with his teammates during pre-game stretching then later took grounders at second base alongside Ray Durham. Bonds then went 0-for-3 with three flyouts for San Francisco, which has yet to beat the A's in four games this spring.

Oakland Athletics: Oakland center fielder Milton Bradley was held out for a second straight day with soreness in his right side and is day-to-day

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.