Pitcher kicks cancer, throws shutout in return

Here’s your daily dose of sweetness:

Last night, Chad Bettis was the starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies against Atlanta.

It was his first start since undergoing treatment with chemotherapy for testicular cancer.

After nine weeks of chemo, he fired 7 shutout innings.

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Bettis high-fives teammates in the dugout before a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Denver. The game marks Bettis’ first of the year after battling cancer. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

“It crept in this morning, when I woke up, just thinking about everything that had happened, everything that my family and I had been through,” Bettis said. “I was holding back tears until the start.”

“[Kristina] doesn’t know how big of a facade I was putting on,” Bettis said. “As strong as I was trying to be, I was more leaning more on her and our families and my teammates and everybody that was lending support, whether it was via social media, letters, prayers, everything.”