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Worth noting

• Rockies outfield prospects Tim Wheeler and Kent Matthes each struggled last season, but they started 2013 off with home runs against the D-backs on Saturday. Wheeler hit a solo shot off Nelson Figueroa in the sixth inning, and Matthes went deep with the bases empty against Evan Marshall in the seventh.

Wheeler missed a month and a half early last year with a hand injury at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Although he hit a solid .303 in his first Triple-A season, his 33 extra-base hits represented a low for his Minor League career.

Matthes battled an oblique injury and finished the season at Double-A Tulsa with a .214 average, 17 home runs and 40 RBIs. He was the California League Most Valuable Player at Modesto the previous year.

• Infielder Jonathan Herrera, hoping to win a backup spot, went 3-for-3 with two RBIs on Saturday. Third baseman Chris Nelson, one of baseball's hottest hitters the last month and a half of last season, went 2-for-3.

• Weiss began talking to staff during the Winter Meetings about the team developing a "Blake Street Bullies" persona of aggressiveness and pressure on the opposition, and players are enjoying the way the staff is presenting the emphasis on aggressiveness.

Each morning, the team shows a video that is centered on the fundamental of the day. But it's not as if they're watching re-runs of the old Johnny Bench show for kids, "The Baseball Bunch."

"It has to do with something that we're working on that day, but it gets everybody pumped up, pretty much coming out of their seats just watching it," Weiss said. "You can tell everyone's real enthusiastic about getting out there and playing the game.

"It just depends on the day. Today we did outfield. Yesterday was just a video that was just a shrine to Jonny Herrera. Every one of them is just hustle. Guys see that, they want to do it because they know it looks good. Anything that helps the team win, everybody's buying into it."