Offensive skid continues on rough road trip

Rockies held to 2 hits after 3-run first in loss to D-backs

Offensive skid continues on rough road trip

PHOENIX -- Charlie Blackmon opened the game with a home run. Wilin Rosario added a two-run double later in the first. But the Rockies' potentially big offensive night ended right there.

The Rockies didn't score again and managed just two more hits after the first in their 4-3, 10-inning loss to the D-backs.

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Rox drop 3rd straight as D-backs rally for walk-off

Rox drop 3rd straight as D-backs rally for walk-off

PHOENIX -- Cliff Pennington drove in the game-winning run with an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the D-backs to a 4-3 win over the Rockies on Friday night at Chase Field.

"He's one of the veterans on this team," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "When they get their chances to play they just seem to be in the right place at the right time."

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Baseball a 'haven' for Axford in return to Rox

Baseball a 'haven' for Axford in return to Rox

PHOENIX -- Forget whatever pressure is supposed to come with pitching in the ninth, or any other inning. Rockies closer John Axford finds pitching relaxing.

Axford returned to the team Friday after being away for three days to attend to what he called a matter that is "private with our family." Axford emphasized that his 3-year-old son Jameson, bitten by a rattlesnake during Spring Training, continues to recover and the absence was not because of a health concern.

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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Hale gets call vs. Corbin, D-backs in Arizona

Hale gets call vs. Corbin, D-backs in Arizona

For the first time since 2013, starter Patrick Corbin will take the mound for the D-backs on Saturday night.

Corbin will make his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery at Chase Field against the Rockies.

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Rockies sign int'l free agent Montano for $2M

Rockies sign int'l free agent Montano for $2M

Colorado is historically one of the most active teams on the international market, and that trend continues this year.

According to industry sources, the Rockies have agreed to a $2 million signing bonus with Venezuelan outfield prospect Daniel Montano, who is ranked No. 12 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.

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Cavnar makes inroads as female broadcaster

Root Sports reporter handles color commentary for weekend series

Cavnar makes inroads as female broadcaster

PHOENIX -- Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports Rocky Mountain joined the 850 KOA radio booth as color commentator for the Rockies game Thursday against the D-backs, and will also serve in that capacity Friday and Saturday.

A female baseball broadcaster on the radio is a rare event. Suzyn Waldman has been color commentator on Yankees games since 2005. Waldman also recalls announcing a Mets-Astros game on the radio in the 1990s. A Rockies inquiry of MLB officials and historians did not unearth another case of a female announcer doing an NL game.

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Arenado perplexed after rare two-error game

Rockies third baseman makes no excuses for lapses

Arenado perplexed after rare two-error game

PHOENIX -- Often, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado peeks at his own defensive plays on the replay board, usually because even he has to see just how he made them. Thursday night, he had to look to see what the heck happened.

A tie game with the D-backs degenerated into an 8-1 loss after Arenado flubbed a grounder straight at him with one on and two out in the sixth. David Peralta followed with a two-run triple off Chris Rusin, and the game soon became a rout.

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Stubbs returns, rejuvenated from Triple-A stint

Rockies center fielder admits he welcomed demotion

Stubbs returns, rejuvenated from Triple-A stint

PHOENIX -- Outfielder Drew Stubbs can smile again, now that he returned to the Rockies on Thursday, after six weeks at Triple-A Albuquerque. And he can admit that he welcomed the demotion.

Stubbs began the year hitting .118 with 31 strikeouts in 56 at-bats before being sent down on May 20. He didn't remotely resemble the player who had a career year in 2014 (.289 average, .339 on-base percentage, 15 home runs, 43 RBIs) and signed a one-year, $5.83 million contract to avoid arbitration. Stubbs, who had more than five years of service time going into the season, accepted the demotion.

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Rockies fumble away Rusin's strong start

Rockies fumble away Rusin's strong start

PHOENIX -- Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven innings of one-run ball and the offense gave him more than enough support, as the D-backs took the series opener against the Rockies, 8-1, on Thursday night at Chase Field.

David Peralta put the D-backs ahead, 3-1, in the sixth with a two-run triple. In the seventh, Yasmany Tomas and Aaron Hill each added a two-run double to break it open. Hellickson allowed just three hits and struck out six with no walks.

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Bats remain quiet as Rockies drop finale

Bats remain quiet as Rockies drop finale

OAKLAND -- The A's clinched a series win over the Rockies with a 4-1 victory in Wednesday's matinee finale at the Coliseum. In three games, Oakland held the Rockies to four runs.

"We pitched well, all the starters, and that's what we have to do to beat a team like that," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We're not going to go toe-to-toe with them when it comes to scoring runs."

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Despite solid effort, Bettis striving to improve

Despite solid effort, Bettis striving to improve

OAKLAND -- Chad Bettis felt old, nightmarish habits creep in Wednesday on the way to the Rockies' 4-1 loss to the Athletics at O.co Coliseum. But he didn't let the game spiral out of control the way it might have last year. And while that sounds like a for-what-it's-worth statement, it represents progress.

Bettis (4-3) threw 111 pitches in 5 2/3 innings. But despite two leadoff triples and a one-out double, and in the face of seven hits and four walks, the right-hander limited the Athletics to just three runs.

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Umps shift duties after Hallion struck by foul

Umps shift duties after Hallion struck by foul

OAKLAND -- Crew chief Tom Hallion exited Wednesday's game between the A's and Rockies at the Coliseum in the first inning after taking a pitch to his face mask.

Umpire Alfonso Marquez, who began the game at first base, moved behind the plate in Hallion's place following a lengthy delay. Second-base umpire Dan Bellino moved to first, while Ryan Blakney maintained his post at third as part of the truncated crew.

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De La Rosa dominates A's in pitchers' duel

De La Rosa dominates A's in pitchers' duel

OAKLAND -- Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa tossed seven scoreless innings against the A's, leading the Rockies to a 2-1 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night and evening the three-game series.

De La Rosa -- who left his last start after five innings with a cut on his middle finger, and dealt with swelling and numbness Tuesday -- limited the A's to four hits, striking out four and walking four, one of which was intentional.

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Hawkins earns save as temporary closer

Rockies veteran happy to fill in while his friend takes care of family

Hawkins earns save as temporary closer

OAKLAND -- LaTroy Hawkins did the assigned job -- closing the Rockies' 2-1 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday night -- and handled the requisite interviews like a good-natured statesmen. Then he got down to what's real.

Hawkins was in his first ninth-inning save chance since April 12 because regular Rockies closer John Axford was away with an undisclosed family matter. Axford has been dealing with the aftermath of his son being bitten by a rattlesnake during Spring Training. Manager Walt Weiss said Axford's son was doing well, but Axford needed to be home.

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Axford on inactive list to tend to family matter

Rockies closer says son is doing well in recovery from rattlesnake bite

Axford on inactive list to tend to family matter

OAKLAND -- The Rockies placed closer John Axford on the temporary inactive list because he needed to take care of a family matter. But manager Walt Weiss said Axford's 3-year-old son -- who has been recovering from a rattlesnake bite he suffered during Spring Training -- is doing well.

"He has some things to take care of at home, some personal things to address," Weiss said. "His son is doing fine. I know that's what people are thinking. But he's getting better and better every day.

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Shortstop prospect Story promoted to Triple-A

Prized prospect's advancement raises speculation about Tulowitzki

Shortstop prospect Story promoted to Triple-A

OAKLAND -- The Rockies promoted shortstop prospect Trevor Story from Double-A New Britain, where he hit .281 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs, to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.

Having a a prized shortstop -- Story, 22, was a supplemental first-round pick, 45th overall, in 2011 out of Irving (Texas) High School -- so close to the Majors sparks yet another round of speculation about whether the club is looking to deal high-priced veteran Troy Tulowitzki. But general manager Jeff Bridich, when asked, focused on the development of Story.

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Rockies' Hale frustrated by end result vs. A's

Rockies' Hale frustrated by end result vs. A's

OAKLAND -- Rockies right-hander David Hale felt the frustration that comes with feeling so good but having an outing turn bad.

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Homers haunt Hale as Rockies fall to A's

Homers haunt Hale as Rockies fall to A's

OAKLAND -- The A's got home runs from Josh Reddick, Ike Davis and Billy Butler, powering their way to a 7-1 win against the Rockies in Monday's series opener at the Coliseum to snap a three-game losing streak.

Right-hander Kendall Graveman tossed seven scoreless innings in the win, allowing just five hits. The A's tallied nine hits against Rockies right-hander David Hale, including a pair of two-out, two-run homers from Reddick and Davis in the first inning. Butler led off the fourth with a solo shot and also hit an RBI double off Christian Friedrich in the eighth, finishing a triple shy of the cycle.

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Rockies send Matzek home to take break

Rockies send Matzek home to take break

OAKLAND -- The Rockies have sent left-handed pitcher Tyler Matzek home for a break as his effort to shake dramatic control issues continues.

"We've been working so hard with him, we've gone through different steps to the point where we feel like he needs a blow," Rockies director of pitching operations Mark Wiley said Monday. "It's not a monster thing. We're just giving him some time off to regroup while we decide where we want to go and how we're going to attack it from here."

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Kendrick, Rockies sunk by Giants' bats

Kendrick, Rockies sunk by Giants' bats

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Duffy finished a single away from hitting for the cycle to support Madison Bumgarner's 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball, as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies, 6-3, in the series finale Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park.

Duffy tripled in his first at-bat, doubled in his second and homered in his third to help the Giants win for the fifth time in their last seven games at home. Bumgarner, who also slugged his second homer of the season in the seventh, allowed five hits and two walks while striking out eight Rockies in his first win since June 6. He also made some history as the youngest pitcher in San Francisco Giants history to reach 1,000 career strikeouts.

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Wall on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of Week

Wall on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.

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Rockies managing Hawkins' workload

Veteran reliever doing well with more rest between appearances

Rockies managing Hawkins' workload

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies reliever LaTroy Hawkins' right arm needed just a little more rest after heavy usage during the Rockies' last homestand and wasn't used Friday and Saturday against the Giants in situations that could have been his.

Hawkins missed seven weeks earlier in the year with right biceps tendinitis, so extra recovery time for his 42-year-old arm is reality. He didn't even pick up a baseball Friday, when the Rockies won a wild, 8-6 decision, and manager Walt Weiss didn't make him an option during Saturday's 7-5 loss. He faced one batter Sunday and struck him out to end the sixth inning.

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Arenado keeps up torrid stretch with 2 homers

Rockies third baseman has streak of run, hit, RBI in seven games

Arenado keeps up torrid stretch with 2 homers

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Rockies' Nolan Arenado has strong statistics that can be used to debate his standing among third basemen in the Majors - he added two homers and three RBIs to the case during Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Giants. But Arenado seeks meaning over numbers.

Arenado pulled a 1-1 changeup from Giants star lefty Madison Bumgarner into the left-field seats with one on for a 2-0 first-inning lead. In the ninth, he went deep off Sergio Romo to increase his homer total to 24 and his RBIs to a Majors-leading 68.

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Rockies felled by Giants' bases-loaded hit

Rockies felled by Giants' bases-loaded hit

SAN FRANCISCO -- Andrew Susac's three-run double in the seventh inning helped the Giants win for the seventh time in their last 11 games, 7-5, over the Rockies on Saturday at AT&T Park.

Matt Duffy, who homered in the fifth off Rockies starter Chris Rusin, doubled to end a seven-pitch at-bat against reliever Rafael Betancourt (2-3), and Buster Posey was intentionally walked to load the bases for Susac's double into the left-field corner.

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Small slips cost Rusin in solid outing vs. Giants

Small slips cost Rusin in solid outing vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies lefty Chris Rusin treats pitching as an inclusive act, which is beautiful unless he or someone along the assembly line doesn't nail an assignment.

The few times things didn't click proved costly in the Rockies' 7-5 loss to the Giants on Saturday afternoon.

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Arenado, CarGo lead Rockies past Giants

Arenado, CarGo lead Rockies past Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nolan Arenado homered twice, giving him six in the last five games, and Carlos Gonzalez delivered five hits as the Rockies held off the Giants in the ninth and won for the fifth time in six games, 8-6, at AT&T Park on Friday night.

Arenado, who has a 13-game hit streak, homered off starter Tim Hudson (5-7) for three runs in the top of the sixth and added his 22nd homer -- a solo shot off Mike Broadway -- for an important run in the ninth. Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon each extended hit streaks to 10 games, and the offense had 17 hits.

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With five hits, CarGo plays big hand in win

With five hits, CarGo plays big hand in win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nothing could cool Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on Friday night. The ice that was wrapped around Gonzalez's left hand had begun to melt and drip on the visiting clubhouse floor at AT&T Park.

Gonzalez left Sunday's game and had appeared only on defense in two of the last three games because of a sprained left hand. But Gonzalez returned hot -- with five hits in the Rockies' 8-6 victory over the Giants on Friday night.

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GM wants all-around production from Rockies

Bridich in no hurry to call up Gray; Gonzalez shakes off hand injury

GM wants all-around production from Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO -- Now general manager Jeff Bridich is calling for consistency from his Rockies, which beats his earlier challenge.

During an 11-game losing streak in late April and early May, Bridich called for the players to show "resolve." The Rockies pulled to three below .500 on June 9. But a 1-9 stretch against the Marlins and Astros has pushed them to eight under going into Friday night against the Giants. Somehow, though, they entered Friday just eight games behind the National League West-leading Dodgers.

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Tulo, Arenado lead Rockies to win over D-backs

Tulo, Arenado lead Rockies to win over D-backs

DENVER -- Troy Tulowitzki smacked his first career pinch-hit home run to ignite a five-run eighth-inning rally that led the Rockies past the D-backs, 6-4, on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field.

"We've done it several times this year -- after a tough loss or a tough stretch, we find a way to get back off the canvas and win a game," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We turned the momentum around, so it's a great win. We win the series with that one. Some guys had some big contributions today."

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