Kotsay also has tremendous amount of respect for Moyer.
"It says something about how much he loves to compete and his willingness to work, and at 49, to go out and throw the ball and have success," said Kotsay, who faced the veteran for the first time since June 13, 2006, when Kotsay was with the Oakland A's and Moyer a member of the Seattle Mariners.
Padres manager Bud Black certainly appreciates Moyer's longevity, marveling from the dugout at the lefty who went to spring training without a guaranteed roster spot and performed his way onto the team. He missed all of 2011 as he recovered from a surgically repaired ligament in his elbow.
"It's a great story," Black said. "It's wonderful that he's continued to get the results needed to stay in the major leagues. This is a performance-driven game and the last 15 years of his career have been outstanding."
NOTES: The Padres had their four-game winning streak at Coors Field halted. ... Rockies OF Dexter Fowler hit a two-run homer in the third. ... C Wilin Rosario drove in two runs.
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