Coming off his best outing, Bettis tops it

Coming off his best outing, Bettis tops it

PHILADELPHIA -- If Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis is awful in warmups, look out.

An awful bullpen before Sunday's start against the Giants preceded a performance in which he took a shutout into the ninth. Of Friday night's pregame bullpen, Bettis said, "This was by tenfold worse. Coming into the game, there was nothing that was working for me."

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Tulo breaks out of slump with power display

Tulo breaks out of slump with power display

PHILADELPHIA -- The problem with breaking down Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's season-long slump and home run drought is he has the power to change things quickly.

Tulowitzki entered Friday with a .266 batting average and no homers in 91 at-bats, 96 plate appearances. By the third inning, he had hit two solo homers, and he finished 4-for-5 in the Rockies' 4-1 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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Bettis flirts with no-no, Tulo homers twice in Rox's win

Bettis flirts with no-no, Tulo homers twice in Rox's win

PHILADELPHIA -- Rockies right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis took a perfect game into the seventh and no-hitter into the eighth as the Rockies defeated the Phillies, 4-1, at Citizens Bank Park on Friday.

Bettis (2-0), who took a shutout into the ninth inning Sunday, but gave up two runs in a win over the Giants was even more special Friday -- allowing two hits in eight scoreless innings, with seven strikeouts. For a while, he was bidding to join ex-Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez as the only Rockies members of the no-hit club. Jimenez threw his on the road against the Braves on April 17, 2010. Bettis finished with 66 strikes in 104 pitches.

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De La Rosa, Rockies go for series win vs. Phillies

De La Rosa, Rockies go for series win vs. Phillies

Two pitchers will be facing off against relatively familiar foes Saturday, when Aaron Harang and Jorge De La Rosa start against the Rockies and Phillies respectively for the second time in less than two weeks.

Harang started for the Phillies at Coors Field on May 19 and De La Rosa made a start two days later for the Rockies in the same series. Neither pitcher received a decision in those outings, but their teams won both of the games.

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Butler to make start vs. Dodgers on Monday

Butler to make start vs. Dodgers on Monday

PHILADELPHIA -- Right-hander Jordan Lyles, was supposed to make the start for the Rockies on Friday against the Phillies, but because his start was pushed to Sunday, thanks to a sprained left big toe, righty Eddie Butler's next start will be Monday against the Dodgers.

If Butler vs. the Dodgers sounds familiar, it's because it'll be the sixth time in 13 Major League starts that he has faced them. The results haven't been good (0-4, 7.04 ERA), but he's taking the Dodgers as a challenge rather than a barrier.

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Top Rockies prospect Dahl hurt in OF collision

Top Rockies prospect Dahl hurt in OF collision

PHILADELPHIA -- The Rockies clarified on Friday that outfield prospect David Dahl underwent surgery Thursday to repair his spleen, but did not have a concussion or a broken rib as feared.

Dahl, the Rockies' No. 2 prospect this season according to MLB.com and the team's No. 1 pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, collided with a teammate while chasing a popup while playing for Double-A New Britain in a home game Tuesday. Dahl left the field under his own power, but later was rushed to a local hospital, where surgery was performed.

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Barnes, Rosario return to Majors rejuvenated

Rockies players took lessons from demotion, have contributed since recall

Barnes, Rosario return to Majors rejuvenated

PHILADELPHIA -- Brandon Barnes had been a Major Leaguer since 2013 and Wilin Rosario since '12, yet each was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque this season. Such a demotion challenges a player's attitude and work ethic, but both came through it better players.

Sent down to begin the season because the Rockies decided to go with four outfielders, Barnes batted .205 with Albuquerque, but he used the time to become comfortable with new batting mechanics. He has hit .429 with a 1.074 OPS, and he has a hit in seven of his nine games since being recalled.

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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 media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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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

Two members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr. 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, Schmidt (Phillies table), 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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