Nix Wins Rockies Starting Job at Second

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Jayson Nix has gotten an early start on cleaning out his locker - stuffing clothes, shoes and gloves into an oversized travel bag.

This time, the gear of the Colorado Rockies rookie second baseman isn't bound for Triple-A Colorado Springs when spring training wraps up.

Nix has earned the big-league job, thanks to his stellar defense and a sprinkling of offense.

He was anointed as the starter after yesterday's game with Milwaukee.

The Rockies were holding open auditions this spring for the second base job following the departure of Kaz Matsui.

Nix beat out the likes of Jeff Baker, Clint Barmes, Marcus Giles and Ian Stewart for the first crack at starting.