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Estes has edge on opening-day start

Updated: March 23, 2004, 3:03 PM ET

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Manager Clint Hurdle hasn't made it official, but it appears Shawn Estes will be the Colorado Rockies' opening-day starter on April 6.

Estes pitched five scoreless innings Monday, allowing just three hits. He combined with three other Colorado pitchers on a five-hitter in a 1-0 win over San Diego.

In 15 innings this spring, Estes has allowed just one earned run.

"He has put some distance between himself and the rest of the guys vying for positions in the rotation," ...

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