Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau joined the 1,500 hit club on Friday when he drove a solo home run to left-center off of Cubs reliever Brian Schlitter. Morneau, entering his 13th season in the major leagues, had recorded just one hit (a double) in 13 plate appearances to start the 2015 season.
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Morneau was hit in the neck by a Jean Segura throw while sliding back to third base on Tuesday, but talked his way into the lineup on Wednesday before the Rockies’ off-day on Thursday.
The Rockies, by the way, beat the Cubs 5-1 to run their record up to 4-0 to start the season. Per MLB.com’s Tracy Ringolsby, the Rockies have started 4-0 only one other time: in 1995.