Quick Hits: Freeland Makes Final Tune Up; Regular Season Next

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SCOTTSDALE, Az. -- Left-hander Kyle Freeland made his final start before an anticipated Opening Day assignments against the Marlins in Miami on Thursday. An official announcement of the Rockies season-opening rotation alignment will be made on Sunday.

Freeland went the first six innings in the Rockies 11-6 victory against the Cubs. He allowed three runs, including a two-run home run by Javier Baez in the second, on six hits and a walk, striking out three.

The Rockies scored three runs in the first, and three more in the third off Cubs starter Jon Lester, who departed after four innings.

Nolan Arenado doubled home one run, and scored another on a double by Ian Desmond, who scored on an ensuing single from David Dahl in the first.

HEATING UP: Arenado went 3-for-3 with two doubles Saturday, raising his spring average to .392. He is 13-for-17 with five doubles and two home runs in his last six games.

Desmond is hitting.366 (15-for-41), and is 10-for-18 his last six games, including going 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and a walk on Saturday. He squeezed home a run with a bunt single in the seventh.

Mike Dunn worked a scoreless seventh, adding to his spring revival. He has allowed one unearned run on four hits in eight innings. He has not walked a batter, and has 11 striekouts.

CROWDED: The announced paid attendance of 14,022 was a record for the Rockies in a spring training game played in Arizona. The Rockies finished the home portion of their spring schedule with a total attendance of 137,030 for 15 home games.

MOVING ON: The Rockies close out the Arizona portion of spring training with a game against the Indians at Goodyear, Ariz., on Sunday at 1 p.m., MDT.

The Rockies play their Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate on Monday in Albuquerque, and then close out the spring training schedule against the Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., on Tuesday.

KOA will broadcast each of the remaining exhibition games. AT&T Sports Net will televise the Monday game from Albuqeurque.

MVP, MVP: Second baseman Ryan McMahon was selected to receive the Abby Greer Award, given annually since 2004 to the Rockies spring training MVP.

McMahon came into spring training and established himself as the expected Opening Day second baseman, making adjustments with his approach at the plate to shorten his swing path.

He went 2-for-4 on Saturday with a double and three RBI, raising his average to .439. He also leads MLB this spring with 45 total bases and 13 extra-base hits.

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