Reyes debuts, hopes to help Rox find groove

Colorado's new veteran shortstop singles, steals second in first game with club

Reyes debuts, hopes to help Rox find groove

CHICAGO -- Jose Reyes has the shiny stuff to decorate his walls and shelves and fill his bank account. But he's been traveling the continent -- granted, not always by choice -- chasing postseason success.

"I'm 32 years old, so it's getting late in my career," Reyes said Wednesday morning, before his first game as the Rockies' new shortstop -- a 3-2 loss to the Cubs in which he went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a strikeout. "I want to win. I've been to the playoffs only once, 2006. It's been a long time for me.

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Rockies drop series in Reyes' debut

Rockies drop series in Reyes' debut

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester struck out a season-high 14 batters across eight innings as the Cubs defeated the Rockies on Wednesday, 3-2, to take two of three games in the series at Wrigley Field. Lester became the first Cubs pitcher since Mark Prior in 2004 to throw 14 strikeouts, helping Chicago improve to two games above .500 in July.

Lester finished one strikeout shy of his career high, with at least one K in every inning, including six straight early on. He allowed five hits and one walk in his two-run performance to pick up just his sixth win of the season.

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Rusin, Rockies to open four-game set in St. Louis

Rusin, Rockies to open four-game set in St. Louis

The Cardinals' Carlos Martinez will look to continue his ascension into the upper level of National League pitchers when he faces the Rockies on Thursday night at Busch Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.

In his last start, Martinez threw eight scoreless innings with six strikeouts, six hits and one walk as the Cards beat former teammate Shelby Miller and the Braves, 1-0. Over his last six appearances, Martinez has a 1.38 ERA with 36 strikeouts.

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Rox bat around in 1st, hold on to top Cubs

Rox bat around in 1st, hold on to top Cubs

CHICAGO -- DJ LeMahieu had three hits, including an RBI double and a triple, and Nolan Arenado smacked a two-run double to power the Rockies to a 7-2 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night and even the series at one win apiece.

This was the Rockies' first game after Troy Tulowitzki was traded to the Blue Jays, and they got off to a quick start, sending all nine batters to the plate in the first inning and scoring four runs against Chicago right-hander Dallas Beeler.

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At long last, Flande lands in the win column

At long last, Flande lands in the win column

CHICAGO -- Left-hander Yohan Flande knows all about waiting, and he doesn't make a big deal about it.

Flande's pro career began with four seasons in the Dominican Summer League before he ever set foot in the U.S., then nine-plus seasons with the Phillies and Braves organizations before his first Major League game, last season with the Rockies. Finally, on Tuesday night, in his 24th big league appearance, he found himself in the win column after pitching five workmanlike innings in the Rockies' 7-2 victory over the Cubs.

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Phil Rogers

Trading Tulo not easy, but had to be done

Trading Tulo not easy, but had to be done

CHICAGO -- Change is never easy, but it's often good for us more than we realize while enduring the awkwardness and discomfort it brings.

That's worth thinking about as Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu, Charlie Blackmon, Nick Hundley, Carlos Gonzalez (for however long) and the fans who have flocked to Coors Field for the past nine seasons adjust to life without Troy Tulowitzki.

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Speculation swirls around CarGo, Reyes

Speculation swirls around CarGo, Reyes

CHICAGO -- Red-hot outfielder Carlos Gonzalez could be slugging his way elsewhere. And although the Rockies are speaking in welcoming tones for their new shortstop, Jose Reyes, speculation is that he may not be around long either.

On Tuesday, one day after the Rockies dealt veteran star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, along with righty reliever LaTroy Hawkins, to the Blue Jays for Reyes and three righty pitching prospects, speculation centers on Gonzalez leading up to Friday's 2 p.m. MT non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Tulo turns attention to Toronto and the future

Tulo turns attention to Toronto and the future

CHICAGO -- Troy Tulowitzki admitted feeling "somewhat blindsided" when the Rockies traded him on Monday night, but he is turning his attention to a Blue Jays team that did its homework and considers him part of what it hopes is a playoff run.

"It's mixed emotions -- sad, excited, kind of like getting drafted all over again," said Tulowitzki, who as a rookie in 2007 contributed to a Rockies team that went to the World Series and later developed into one of the game's best shortstops. "It's like the big league debut. I didn't sleep at all last night, and I didn't sleep before my big league debut. It's tough, but all I can do is look forward and keep doing what I do, and things will work out."

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Rockies processing Tulo's departure

Rockies processing Tulo's departure

CHICAGO -- Nolan Arenado remembers the best advice he ever received from Troy Tulowitzki.

During a bus ride at the end of June, Tulowitzki talked about one of his biggest takeaways from 10 years of experience. Recalls Arenado: "He said, 'I've been to All-Star Games, I've done those things, but the only thing you want to do is win. All those things get old compared to winning. Winning never gets old.'

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Timing, Rockies' return made Tulo deal work

Timing, Rockies' return made Tulo deal work

DENVER -- Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich certainly wasn't shy in saying the most noteworthy trade in franchise history unfolded in an unusual fashion.

The blockbuster deal -- which sent franchise cornerstone Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays for shortstop Jose Reyes and pitching prospects Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco -- was first confirmed roughly an hour after Colorado's 9-8 loss to the Cubs on Monday night.

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Rockies send Tulo to Toronto for Reyes, prospects

Hawkins also part of deal with Blue Jays, who send three pitchers to Colorado

Rockies send Tulo to Toronto for Reyes, prospects

CHICAGO -- The Rockies agreed to trade five-time All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays on Monday night. Colorado received four-time All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and a package of three Minor League right-handers: Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco. The deal was announced Tuesday morning.

After the Rockies' 9-8 loss to the Cubs, Tulowitzki went into manager Walt Weiss' office and hadn't emerged by the time reporters were asked to leave the clubhouse. Tulowitzki was whisked out of the clubhouse, and he was later spotted emerging from a cab at the Hotel Palomar in downtown Chicago.

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Jonathan Mayo

Hoffman leads Rockies' haul from Tulo trade

Club lands 3 right-handers who could have strong showing on top prospect list

Hoffman leads Rockies' haul from Tulo trade

Over the years, the Colorado Rockies have, at times, struggled to find pitching. On Monday night, by trading Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rockies added three top-prospect-type arms in their continued attempt to develop pitching from within. How long Jose Reyes is with Colorado appears up in the air, so let's focus on the young pitchers who are a part of the franchise's future.

Jeff Hoffman is at the top of the list. Hoffman was No. 3 on the Blue Jays' Top 30 at the time of the trade, and No. 69 on the Top 100. Hoffman immediately becomes the Rockies' second-best pitching prospect behind Jon Gray, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 Draft. The East Carolina star was the ninth overall selection of the 2014 Draft, but Hoffman was just getting back to the mound following his Tommy John surgery from May of last year.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Tulo trade shows Rockies' new philosophy

Tulo trade shows Rockies' new philosophy

There is a reality the Rockies are coming to grips with. The elevation at Coors Field is 5,280 feet. It is not going to change. There's no magical elixir for what ails pitchers who are asked to make a living getting hitters out in Colorado.

It's time to get back to basics, and the Rockies are working at that.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

CarGo's big night overshadowed by loss, Tulo deal

Outfielder goes 4-for-5 with two HRs in narrow defeat at Wrigley

CarGo's big night overshadowed by loss, Tulo deal

CHICAGO -- Before things went crazy at Wrigley Field on Monday night, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez went wild at Wrigley Field.

Gonzalez hit a pair of two-run homers and even put the Rockies up going into the bottom of the ninth, before the Cubs' Kris Bryant snatched the game away, 9-8, on a two-run homer off John Axford in the bottom of the ninth.

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Hawkins excited for next chapter with Blue Jays

Veteran reliever headed to 11th team as he plays in his final season

Hawkins excited for next chapter with Blue Jays

CHICAGO -- Right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins had boarded the Rockies' team bus after Monday night's 9-8 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field when Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich rang to inform him the team had agreed to trade him and star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays for shortstop Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects.

The deal was formally announced Tuesday morning.

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CarGo's 2 HRs not enough vs. Cubs

CarGo's 2 HRs not enough vs. Cubs

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant belted a two-run walk-off homer with two outs in the ninth Monday night to power the Cubs to a 9-8 victory over the Rockies, who had scored four runs in their half of the inning.

The Rockies got another shock after the game as five-time All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and pitcher LaTroy Hawkins were reportedly traded to the Blue Jays for four-time All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and prospects.

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Anthony Castrovince

Arenado among Top 25-and-Unders

Arenado among Top 25-and-Unders

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Axford not consumed by trade rumors

Veteran closer has been moved in-season last two years

Axford not consumed by trade rumors

CHICAGO -- Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, which could be a stressful time for many, is no big deal for Rockies closer John Axford.

The last two seasons have seen the right-handed Axford change teams -- from the Brewers to the Cardinals in a deal in 2013, and from the Indians to the Pirates on a waiver claim last Aug. 14 (after last year's Trade Deadline). With big-game experience, and with a contract status that doesn't make him available for free agency until 2017, Axford is the type of player that a contending team may acquire.

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CarGo, Hamels share NL's weekly honor

CarGo, Hamels share NL's weekly honor

One outstanding position player and one outstanding pitcher -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Phillies starter Cole Hamels -- have been named National League Co-Players of the Week after their performances last week.

Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Cubs on Saturday, while Gonzalez led the Majors with five home runs and a 1.190 slugging percentage.

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Jonathan Mayo

Rox have 3 prospects named to Team of the Week

Reed goes from Royals to Reds in Cueto deal after impressive performance

Rox have 3 prospects named to Team of the 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.

Players aren't just playing for their parent organization when on the field. Every game can be considered an audition for 29 other teams.

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Rockies tab Flande to start Tuesday vs. Cubs

Rockies tab Flande to start Tuesday vs. Cubs

CHICAGO -- The Rockies will give left-hander Yohan Flande (0-1, 4.24 ERA) his first start of the season Tuesday night against the Cubs.

Flande was a starter at Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Albuquerque, and last season with the Rockies. The rotation spot is open because righty Chad Bettis is on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

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Hits keep coming: Rockies break out with 10-run 3rd

13 batters come to plate in inning which included 3 HR's

Hits keep coming: Rockies break out with 10-run 3rd

DENVER -- In the top of the third inning on Sunday, Jay Bruce handed Cincinnati a two-run lead with a home run off the foul pole.

Then the Rockies exploded.

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Rockies hit 5 HRs in rout of Reds

Rockies hit 5 HRs in rout of Reds

DENVER -- Behind an emphatic 10-run third inning, the Rockies cruised to a 17-7 win and a series victory over the Reds on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.

The Reds, who traded ace Johnny Cueto before the game, had a 4-2 lead in the third, but the Rockies sent 13 men to the plate, launched three homers and banged out eight hits in the bottom half to grab a 12-4 lead. Every man in the lineup reached base, and seven of the eight position players had hits in the third, which was Colorado's highest-scoring inning since putting up 11 runs in the fifth on April 27, 2012 against the Mets. The Rockies tacked on five more runs over the next three innings and finished the day with five homers, which was the most Cincinnati has given up in a game this season.

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Dickerson getting back into swing of things

Outfielder has 3 hits in first two games back from plantar fasciitis

Dickerson getting back into swing of things

DENVER -- Corey Dickerson hasn't had much of a trial run in testing out his left foot, which has been plagued with plantar fasciitis for most of the season.

But for the Rockies' outfielder, that's been a good thing.

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Rosario in unfamiliar spot as possible trade chip

Rosario in unfamiliar spot as possible trade chip

DENVER -- On a hot-for-Denver Saturday, Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario sought out catching coach Rene Lachemann for drills. He hasn't caught all year but wants to be ready for everything. But he hasn't given much thought to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline -- even though it could govern where he is and what his job requirements will be.

"I don't know; I've never been in a situation like that," Rosario said. "I don't know how that works. I know there is a Trade Deadline coming."

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Rockies shut down by Cueto, Reds

Rockies shut down by Cueto, Reds

DENVER -- In quite possibly his final start with the Reds, Johnny Cueto delivered eight scoreless innings, and Todd Frazier crushed his 100th career homer to give Cincinnati a 5-2 win over the Rockies on Saturday night at Coors Field.

With trade rumors continuing to swirl, Cueto (7-6) gave up just four hits and one walk with five strikeouts. He received all the run support he needed with Cincinnati's four-run third, when Joey Votto singled home the speedy Billy Hamilton in front of Frazier's three-run homer. Cincinnati tacked on another insurance run in the fourth after Hamilton beat Ben Paulsen's throw home on Votto's groundout to short.

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Teammates outline Butler's falls with chalk

Teammates outline Butler's falls with chalk

DENVER -- Eddie Butler's trip around the bases on Friday night was certainly an adventurous one. Now, there's even more visual documentation.

When Butler arrived at Coors Field on Saturday afternoon, there was a pair of chalk outlines drawn on infield, which marked his two falls while trying to round third base during the fifth inning of Friday's 6-5 win over the Reds.

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Clutch CarGo: Gonzalez sparks Rockies

Right fielder launches two game-tying home runs in exciting win over Reds

Clutch CarGo: Gonzalez sparks Rockies

DENVER -- The Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez gently and stylishly released the bat as his first homer on Friday night sailed to the second deck of Coors Field and down an entry tunnel. His second he celebrated with a double-fist pump before a graceful trot.

The homers, which lifted Gonzalez's homer total to 15 this season, six this month and three in the last two games, were key moments in the Rockies' 6-5 victory over the Reds.

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Rockies top Reds on walk-off wild pitch

Rockies top Reds on walk-off wild pitch

DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon was rewarded for aggressive baserunning in the ninth inning when he scored on a wild pitch as the Rockies sent the Reds to their fifth loss in their last seven games, 6-5, on Friday night at Coors Field.

"A lot of regrettable moments in tonight's game," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

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After tumble, Butler picks himself up in win

Despite baserunning blunder, young righty finishes night on positive note

After tumble, Butler picks himself up in win

DENVER -- Eddie Butler's arm showed the progress, while his legs delivered the laughs.

Pitching for just the second time since his return to the Rockies' rotation, the right-hander pushed his way through six innings and bumbled his way into future blooper reels on the basepaths. All in all, the smiles were in abundance postgame after Colorado walked off to a 6-5 win over the Reds in Friday's series opener at Coors Field.

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