Top Rockies prospect Dahl injured in on-field collision

Top Rockies prospect Dahl injured in on-field collision

PHILADELPHIA -- Rockies outfield prospect and former top Draft pick David Dahl suffered multiple injuries in a collision with a teammate while playing for Double-A New Britain on Thursday in New Britain, Conn.

AL.com, a newspaper Web site that includes stories from the Birmingham News, Dahl's hometown newspaper, quoted Dahl's father as saying doctors are working to save Dahl's spleen.

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Arenado, LeMahieu need attention in ASG vote

Rockies duo shining on offense, defense; Tulowitzki third among shortstops

Arenado, LeMahieu need attention in ASG vote

CINCINNATI -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and second baseman DJ LeMahieu have established defensive reputations and have put up strong offensive numbers so far this season. Will it be enough to bring them back to Cincinnati to represent the National League in the All-Star Game on July 14 via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot?

Despite being among the most productive players in the Majors at their positions, Arenado ranks fifth among third basemen, and LeMahieu is not in the top five among second basemen, according to this year's first release of balloting results announced Wednesday. Troy Tulowitzki, who led all NL players last year, is third among shortstops, and Corey Dickerson ranks 10th among outfielders. Charlie Blackmon, chosen to the NL squad via peer voting last season, is not among the top 15 outfielders in the current fan voting.

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Efficiency grants Kendrick long-awaited win

Rockies righty cruises until blip in 8th, finishes with 75 pitches for first victory since Opening Day

Efficiency grants Kendrick long-awaited win

CINCINNATI -- The sun shined Wednesday in a way the Rockies had not seen in a long while, accentuating the sparkling Ohio River and the downs of fern and forest green -- the backdrop of Great American Ball Park. It was a Kyle Kendrick kind of day.

Kendrick knifed through the Reds to the tune of 75 pitches in 7 1/3 innings, before receiving clutch relief help from Rafael Betancourt and John Axford, for his first win since Opening Day, a 6-4 decision.

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Rox pounce with power before holding off Reds

Rox pounce with power before holding off Reds

CINCINNATI -- Home runs by Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon propelled the Rockies before they held on for a 6-4 victory over the Reds on Wednesday to take the three-game series at Great American Ball Park -- their first series win since April 13-15. Colorado has won four of its last five games, while fading Cincinnati dropped its 10th in the last 11.

"It's always nice to win a series," said Arenado, who is on a 9-for-16, three-homer, 10-RBI run. "We won't win every game. We're going on another road trip [to Philadelphia for three] knowing that we took care of business here."

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MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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Bettis comes off impressive first win to face Philly

Bettis comes off impressive first win to face Philly

The Phillies will host the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park on Friday to kick off a three-game weekend series between the two National League foes. The opener will mark the fifth meeting between Colorado and Philadelphia this season, with the two splitting a four-game series last week.

Cole Hamels is scheduled to get the start for the Phillies, and he has been impressive, posting a 5-1 record and 2.23 ERA in his last seven starts.

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Lyles confident in making delayed start Sunday

Rockies righty pushed back with injured toe; Hawkins nearing rehab assignment

Lyles confident in making delayed start Sunday

CINCINNATI -- Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles, who suffered an injury to his left big toe during his last start, said he is set for his next start Sunday at Philadelphia -- two days later than originally scheduled.

Lyles (2-5, 5.10 ERA) needed the extra time after yet another freakish injury during his last start, a loss to the Giants. Lyles dominated the first three innings, suffered the injury after a Hunter Pence single in the fourth and aggravated it after Matt Duffy's RBI single two batters later. He faced three batters in the fifth and left having been charged with six runs, five earned.

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Rusin steps in for gutsy start in Rockies debut

Recalled from Triple-A, lefty escapes early jams to toss seven impressive innings

Rusin steps in for gutsy start in Rockies debut

CINCINNATI -- The Rockies had called up lefty pitcher Chris Rusin once before for a doubleheader, but he never took the mound. The rains that fell all day Tuesday, when he was recalled for an emergency start, seemed especially cruel.

But the skies cleared, and Rusin made a strong first impression in purple by yielding one run and four hits in seven innings of the Rockies' 2-1 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

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Rox edged in ninth in tight struggle vs. Reds

Rox edged in ninth in tight struggle vs. Reds

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' season-high nine-game losing streak ended when Skip Schumaker hit a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Rockies on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

Rockies reliever Brooks Brown was on for his second inning of relief in the ninth, when Marlon Byrd drew a leadoff walk. Kristopher Negron's perfect sacrifice bunt moved Byrd to second base. On a 1-1 pitch, Schumaker then flared a hit over third baseman Nolan Arenado that landed inside the left-field line for the game winner that scored Byrd without a play at the plate. Teammates mobbed Schumaker at second base with excitement.

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Out with cut finger, De La Rosa to start Saturday

Rusin recalled to start Tuesday, while Flande optioned; Bettis to start for Lyles on Friday

Out with cut finger, De La Rosa to start Saturday

CINCINNATI -- The Rockies recalled left-hander Chris Rusin from Triple-A Albuquerque to start Tuesday night's game against the Reds because a cut on scheduled starter Jorge De La Rosa's left middle finger didn't heal in time.

De La Rosa played catch Tuesday and said he will start Saturday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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Spilborghs, Lawrence to represent Rockies at Draft

Spilborghs, Lawrence to represent Rockies at Draft

Three members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr., Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

MLB announced the annual list of club reps on Tuesday and it is clear that the 50th anniversary of the event will be celebrated in style on that first night of selections in Secaucus, N.J. Griffey, a likely first-ballot inductee next summer, will sit at the Mariners table in a room that includes current Hall of Famers including Jackson (Yankees table), Schmidt (Phillies), Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), and Andre Dawson and Tony Perez (both Marlins).

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Arenado pads already ridiculous highlight reel

Arenado pads already ridiculous highlight reel

CINCINNATI -- After slamming into a roll of tarp to catch a foul ball on April 14 in San Francisco, and feeling the requisite pain, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado swore he'd think twice before charging into the field barriers. ... Then came Monday, and there was no such hesitation.

In the bottom of the eighth with the Rockies and Reds tied at 4 at Great American Ball Park, Arenado raced to foul ground and flipped over the wall to grab Skip Schumaker's popup. As Arenado tumbled to the feet of the fans in the front row, his Adam's apple scraped on the concrete wall behind the padding.

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Arenado does it all in win over Reds

Arenado does it all in win over Reds

CINCINNATI -- Nolan Arenado put on a Memorial Day display of powerful hitting and dazzling fielding. But it was his execution of a fundamental -- a sacrifice fly in the ninth -- that gave the Rockies their third straight victory, 5-4, over the Reds before 20,516 at Great American Ball Park on Monday. It was Cincinnati's ninth straight loss.

Arenado had three hits, including an RBI single in the first and his ninth homer of the year in the fourth, off Reds starter Jason Marquis. The sacrifice fly came off Aroldis Chapman (2-3) and made a winner of Rafael Betancourt (2-1). John Axford earned his seventh save. Arenado also made several notable defensive plays.

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Tulo hopes to be more selective

Tulo hopes to be more selective

CINCINNATI -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is showing patience with himself, with the hope it translates into batting patience.

Tulowitzki has hit .232 with 18 strikeouts and two walks in 14 games this month. Last May, he hit .341 with a 1.042 OPS, seven home runs and 15 RBIs. Forget last year; how 'bout last month, when he hit .308 with an .847 OPS?

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Rockies romp behind Bettis to top Giants

Rockies romp behind Bettis to top Giants

DENVER -- An emphatic eight-run fourth inning and Chad Bettis' dominant mound performance were more than enough for the Rockies in their 11-2 win over San Francisco in Sunday's series finale at Coors Field.

After dropping the first two games, Colorado managed a series split with Sunday's win, while also salvaging a .500 homestand at 4-4.

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Aggressive Bettis tosses gem vs. Giants

Rockies starter takes shutout into ninth inning, fans seven in victory

Aggressive Bettis tosses gem vs. Giants

DENVER -- Chad Bettis paused momentarily and then produced an answer as convincing as the pitching performance he'd just delivered.

"I was the most convicted and aggressive with every single pitch [as I have been] this year," the Rockies right-hander said.

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Rockies ride eight-run frame to victory

Bettis, Arenado, Tulo make big contributions in Rockies' season-best inning

Rockies ride eight-run frame to victory

DENVER -- One run through the lineup card was all the Rockies offense needed Sunday afternoon. One inning was all they needed as well.

Colorado batted around in the fourth and eventually scored eight runs in the frame, the offensive catalyst behind an 11-2 win over the Giants at Coors Field.

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Descalso's homer lifts Hale to victory

Descalso's homer lifts Hale to victory

DENVER -- Daniel Descalso's two-run homer in Saturday night's sixth inning enabled the Colorado Rockies to inch ahead and helped them claim a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants, ending the defending World Series champions' eight-game winning streak.

"It was a good run," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

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Hale makes case for future Rockies starts

Righty allows three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings to beat Giants

Hale makes case for future Rockies starts

DENVER -- David Hale says he can't help the nerves, but if more outings like Saturday are in his immediate future, the Rockies right-hander likely won't mind the usual pregame dosage of anxiety.

Hale, who was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque as the 26th man, gave the Rockies a much-needed boost, pitching Colorado to a 5-3 win over the Giants in the second leg of Saturday's doubleheader at Coors Field.

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Rockies nearly erase Giants' two-out magic

Rockies nearly erase Giants' two-out magic

DENVER -- A remarkable display of two-out hitting carried the San Francisco Giants to their eighth consecutive victory, a 10-8 decision Saturday over the Colorado Rockies in the first half of a day-night doubleheader.

Victimizing Rockies starter Jordan Lyles (2-5) -- who left in the fifth inning with a sprained toe on his left foot -- and reliever Yohan Flande, the Giants scored all of their runs from the fourth through sixth innings. Each came with two outs as Giants hitters went 9-for-12 in those situations. San Francisco's 4-5-6 hitters, Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford, combined to drive in seven runs.

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Rockies place reliever Roberts on the 15-day DL

Rockies place reliever Roberts on the 15-day DL

DENVER -- The Rockies placed left-handed reliever Ken Roberts on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation before Saturday's doubleheader versus San Francisco. As expected, Colorado also activated right-hander Brooks Brown from the 15-day DL.

Colorado manager Walt Weiss said there's always a level of caution with elbow problems but added that he's "not overly concerned" about Roberts' injury. The left-hander said he'd had some pain "for the past week," but it didn't become a problem in a game until Friday's outing against the Giants.

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Rockies fall short of picking up Kendrick

Rockies fall short of picking up Kendrick

DENVER -- Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong tossed six scoreless innings, and San Francisco poured on enough offense late, helping the Giants to an 11-8 win in Friday's series opener at Coors Field.

Vogelsong (3-2) held the Rockies to two hits and struck out five. The Giants led, 1-0, before Brandon Belt launched a two-run, 475-foot homer into the upper deck in the sixth off Kyle Kendrick (1-6). The Giants had five hits, including Buster Posey's two-run double, in a four-run seventh.

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Rockies undaunted by deficit, rain before loss

Colorado scores eight runs in final three innings vs. Giants

Rockies undaunted by deficit, rain before loss

DENVER -- With its tendency to chew up sizeable leads and spit them aside, Coors Field has been a hotbed for bizarreness since its opening in 1995.

The combination of a nearly two-hour rain delay, an in-game fireworks performance and a late injection of Colorado offense nearly produced another chapter late Friday night.

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Umpire exits game after line drive hits hand

Umpire exits game after line drive hits hand

DENVER -- Umpire Paul Nauert left Friday night's Rockies-Giants game after being hit on the right hand by a Brandon Belt seventh-inning line drive.

Nauert was the second-base umpire, positioned to the shortstop side of the infield, when Belt's liner hit him. Belt ended up with a single. The runner at second, Buster Posey, had to stay there by rule because there was no runner at first base at the start of the play.

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McKenry's HR leads Rockies' attack vs. Phillies

McKenry's HR leads Rockies' attack vs. Phillies

DENVER -- Catcher Michael McKenry broke a fifth-inning tie with a two-run homer and the Rockies added on in a 7-3 win over the Phillies in Thursday's series finale at Coors Field.

McKenry's homer off Phils starter Jerome Williams (3-4) helped the Rockies to their fourth victory in eight games and their second straight split of a four-game series.

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De La Rosa sets franchise K's mark in shaky start

Lefty passes Ubaldo with 774 career K's while needing 108 pitches to get through 4 1/3

De La Rosa sets franchise K's mark in shaky start

DENVER -- Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa surpassed Ubaldo Jimenez as Colorado's career strikeout leader during an otherwise unremarkable start in the Rockies' 7-3 victory over the Phillies on Thursday.

De La Rosa was mostly wild while throwing 108 pitches in 4 1/3 innings, but his fifth and final strikeout of the game -- of Freddy Galvis to end the third -- was the 774th of his career.

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