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Axelrod trying to grab spot in bullpen

Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. – White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod allowed three runs and eight hits in 52⁄3 innings in 13-2 split-squad loss to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. He struck out four and walked three.

Axelrod, who posted a 2.89 ERA in 182⁄3 innings with the Sox last season, is competing with four pitchers for two bullpen spots.

“I’ve had some really good outings and a couple poor ones,” said Axelrod, whose ERA is 5.95. “My ERA isn’t good, but I feel like a couple innings have gotten away from me, kind of blew up my ERA a little bit. I’m not happy with it, but I’m not terribly disappointed either.”

Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski had a run-scoring triple and is batting .268 this spring. He likely will be the No. 2 hitter in the lineup.

“That’s all I’ve been trying to do all spring, not do too much and put the barrel on the ball and let it go where it goes,” Pierzynski said. “I’ve been squaring some balls up, and they’ve been hitting the gaps and a couple of balls have got out.”

Sox CF Brent Lillibridge exited after four innings but was OK after RF Alex Rios stepped on his foot during a play in the outfield, bench coach Mark Parent said.

The Sox traded minor league OF Christian Marrerro to Atlanta for future cash considerations.

Rockies 8, White Sox 5 (SS)

Jamie Moyer threw 92 pitches over four innings, the latest step in his comeback bid, and Dexter Fowler hit a two-run homer to help the Colorado Rockies beat the Sox.

The 49-year-old Moyer, who sat out last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, gave up three runs and seven hits. He walked three and struck out four, facing 22 batters in all.

Fowler’s homer in the third inning was all the Rockies managed against Gavin Floyd until they scored six times in the sixth. Floyd, penciled in as the Sox’s No. 3 starter, gave up eight runs and seven hits in 52⁄3 innings with four strikeouts and two walks.

Colorado sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth. Carlos Gonzalez and Todd Helton each hit an RBI double before Michael Cuddyer delivered a two-run single. Jordan Pacheco’s run-scoring double chased Floyd, who has a 6.32 ERA this spring.

Wilin Rosario, who was 3 for 3, had a leadoff double and an RBI single in the inning.

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