Jeff Francis armed for fresh start

Rockies starter shoulder is strong again after surgery cost him 2009 season

Updated: February 9, 2010, 7:28 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

After Jeff Francis received a $1.85 million bonus as the Colorado Rockies' first pick and ninth choice overall in the 2002 draft, he splurged and bought a GMC Yukon. Eight years, 51 major league victories and roughly 100,000 miles later, man and vehicle remain inseparable.

In a few days, Francis will settle into the SUV with his wife, infant daughter and the family dog for the 900-mile trip from Denver to Tucson, Ariz., where he'll pick up the pace in his recovery from shoulder surgery. ...

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