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Jones: Rockies flat from layoff

Updated: October 28, 2007, 3:04 AM ET
Todd Jones watches the Rockies and understands what they are going through, because he and the Detroit Tigers went through it last year. "It's exactly the same," Jones said over his cell phone, while driving to the grocery store in Birmingham, Ala.

The Tigers finished off a sweep of the Oakland Athletics on Oct. 14 last year, and then sat around and waited for the World Series to begin. And they waited, and waited, for six days. The Rockies, of course, waited for eight days before this World Series began.

"We played intrasquad games, and tried to simulate games," Jones recalled. "We had to try to pitch inside. But the first thing I was thinking about on the mound is that I didn't want to smoke one of my teammates. You can't simulate pitching in games. ... I came into Game 1 of the World Series last year just to get an inning of work, because I hadn't pitched in so long."

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