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Bedard tallies his 1,000th career strikeout

Andrew McCutchen has treated left-handed pitchers so wickedly this season that it's understandable if Rockies southpaw Christian Friedrich loses some sleep before starting against the Pirates on Tuesday at Coors Field.

Regardless, Friedrich will take the mound in the second game of a three-game series against the Pirates. His Rockies won Monday's opener, 5-4.

Against lefties, McCutchen has hit .463 (37-for-80) with five home runs, seven doubles, two triples and 22 RBIs this season. On Monday, he was named the National League's Player of the Week for the second week in a row. He leads the Major Leagues with 24 hits in the month of July.

"Andrew is playing the game at a very high caliber right now on both sides of the ball," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Offensively, with the big swing of the bat ... it's been fun to watch. The numbers up there really get your attention."

In his last start, the rookie Friedrich picked up his fifth win, allowing one run over six innings against Philadelphia. Despite a 5.60 ERA, Friedrich leads Colorado in wins and strikeouts while racking up 69 strikeouts.

"He is a good learner," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Evidence of that is this thing we're doing with using a four-man rotation, as quickly as he's gravitated to it. Several of them are really grabbing hold of the word 'efficiency' -- the importance of throwing strikes and the importance of commanding your fastball in the strike zone."

Pirates: Walker still streak
Neil Walker went 3-for-4 in Monday's loss. The second baseman has now hit safely in 16 straight games. In July, Walker has 22 hits, second-most in baseball, behind only McCutchen.

• Alex Presley was activated from the seven-day disabled list on Monday. He hit first in the lineup and played left field, going 1-for-4 at the plate. Presley was removed from a July 3 game with concussion-like symptoms, which resulted from a diving attempt he made at a fly ball.

Rockies: Nelson hospitalized
Chris Nelson was admitted to a hospital Monday with an irregular heartbeat. He has hit .256 with five home runs and 23 RBIs in 58 games while playing second and third base.

• Juan Nicasio will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery Monday to remove floating materials in his left knee. The right-hander strained his knee on June 2, when he tried to field a hard-hit ball against the Dodgers. In 11 starts, Nicasio was 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA.

Worth noting
• The season series between Pittsburgh and Colorado is tied at two games apiece. In April, the Pirates took two of three games from the Rockies at PNC Park.

• If the Rockies can win on Tuesday or Wednesday, they'll have handed the Pirates their second straight series loss, which hasn't happened since Pittsburgh went 2-4 against both the Tigers and Mets from May 18-23. Comments