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DENVER -- Russ Ortiz and the Colorado Rockies agreed to a minor league contract Sunday.

Ortiz was released by the Houston Astros on July 30. The veteran right-hander provides the Rockies with insurance after starting pitcher Aaron Cook was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right shoulder.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy said right-hander Josh Fogg will take Cook's spot in the rotation Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Colorado trails the first-place Dodgers by 31/2 games in the NL West but leads the wild-card race by three games over San Francisco.

Ortiz was assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and he pitched in relief Sunday for the Sky Sox, giving up one run and three hits in four innings.

Ortiz was 3-6 with a 5.57 ERA in 23 appearances, 13 starts, for Houston this year. After getting released, he signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees and went 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before getting released again.

He is 113-88 with a 4.48 ERA in 11 major league seasons with San Francisco (1998-2002, 2007), Atlanta (2003-04), Arizona (2005-06), Baltimore (2006) and Houston (2009).


SONOMA, Calif. -- Dario Franchitti finally won at Infineon Raceway, leading from start to finish to capture his first Sonoma Grand Prix on Sunday in the final road course race of the year.

Franchitti captured the pole and led all 75 laps, topping runner-up and new points leader Ryan Briscoe on the way to his fourth victory of the year. Franchitti and Briscoe avoided a multiple-car crash early in Lap 1 on the tough 12-turn, 2.303-mile road course. Scott Dixon, the points leader coming in and Franchitti's teammate with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, finished a disappointing 14th after stalling in the wreck. He fell into third place in the points race.

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