- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

TUCSON, ARIZ. (AP) - Manuel Corpas is making a strong case to be the Colorado Rockies closer.

The right-hander pitched another scoreless inning this spring, but the Rockies lost in 10 innings to the San Francisco Giants 7-3 Friday.

Corpas opened the sixth by getting a harmless grounder to first before allowing a single to Pablo Sandoval. A double play quickly finished the inning.

Corpas won the closer job at the end of camp a year ago but was replaced by Brian Fuentes, who signed in the offseason with the Angels. He has given up only two hits in four innings, while striking out two and walking none.

Corpas is competing with Huston Street, who joined the team in November in the trade with Oakland involving outfielder Matt Holliday, for the closing role.

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