The White Sox will be challenged by the wide open spaces of Coors Field.

The White Sox will make their first visit to Coors Field since 2017, but there will be little familiarity for outfielder Andrew Vaughn during the two-game interleague series against the Rockies beginning Tuesday night.

Vaughn compared the vast dimensions of Coors to Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City.

“That place is huge,” Vaughn said, a former Cal standout comparing the home of the University of Utah Utes to Coors. “That place is huge. The ball is flying.”

Except for the distance from home plate to the right-field foul pole, the dimensions are similar and could present a challenge for the Sox outfielders — especially with the leg injuries of Eloy Jimenez and Vaughan.

“We’ll learn what it’s like when we get there,” Vaughn said.

Coors Field’s dimensions feature 347 feet from home plate to left field, 415 feet to center field, and 350 feet to right field.

Save the legs

Many fans have been surprised by manager Tony La Rossa’s decision to rest Vaughan from time to time. Their latest disappointment came Sunday when Vaughan was left out of the lineup after playing the first three games of the second half, including both games of Saturday’s daynight doubleheader.

At times, Vaughn didn’t run at full speed because of advice to preserve his legs, and Monday’s day off gave him two days to keep his legs fresh in the Rockies series.

“Sometimes you need a refresh of the mind, and (sometimes) you need a refresh of the body,” La Rosa said. “Here is the matter, the freshness of the body.”

La Rosa recalled a pivotal moment with the Cardinals in late August 2011, when they won two of the first three games against the Pirates but fell behind in the National League wildcard in the series finale against Albert Pujols, Yadier Elected to rest Molina and Rafael Farkel. A card race through five games.

The Cardinals won the series finale and went on a 21-8 run with a well-rested Pujols, Molina and Furcal to clinch the NL Wild Card berth and the World Series.

La Rosa said the decision to rest Vaughn was an easy one because he was only running at 75 percent.

“And believe me, against anybody, we want Andrew Vaughan in the lineup,” LaRosa said.

Mastery on the hill

Sox starting pitchers are 6-2 with a 2.84 ERA in their last 10 games and have allowed three or fewer runs in eight of them.

On the deck
White Sox on the Rockies

Tuesday: RHP Michael Kopech (3-6, 3.36) vs. RHP German Marquez (6-7, 5.47), 7:40 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago, ESPN-AM 1000.

Wednesday: RHP Lucas Giolito (6-6, 5.12) vs. RHP Antonio Senzatela (3-5, 4.98), 2:10 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago, ESPN-AM 1000.

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