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.

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies aim to shake off walk-off, claim series

Rockies aim to shake off walk-off, claim series

The Reds and Rockies will wrap up their three-game series with a rubber game on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park after Cincinnati walked off in the second game to end a nine-game skid, while Colorado saw its winning streak halted at three games.

The Reds will start Mike Leake, who is looking to right his own ship after taking the loss in his last two starts. Leake's most recent outing was a 7-3 defeat in Cleveland on Friday, when he gave up five earned runs on seven hits over four innings.

More

Robert Bondy is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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).

More

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Andy Call is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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?

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reserves spark strikeout-free Rockies offense

Reserves spark strikeout-free Rockies offense

DENVER -- The Rockies' offense was at its peak on Thursday afternoon, and the list of contributors was a long one.

Seven of the eight position starters picked up hits. Six different players scored, and the Rockies' offensive unit didn't record a strikeout after punching out 25 times in the series' first three games. All that equaled a 7-3 win over the Phillies at Coors Field.

More

Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eligible to return, Morneau needs more time

Eligible to return, Morneau needs more time

DENVER -- Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has been a scarce presence at the park as he recovers from a concussion and neck injury that forced the club to place him on the seven-day concussion disabled list last week. Morneau is eligible to return Friday, but he won't, manager Walt Weiss said.

Morneau (.290, three homers, nine RBIs) has a troubling concussion history. His 2010 concussion affected him for years. The latest injury occurred May 13, when he dove for a ball during a game against the Angels. Morneau left the game with what the Rockies called dizziness, but a couple of days later, the veteran said there was no dizziness but he had suffered a neck injury. But shortly thereafter, the Rockies announced officially that he was being placed on the DL with a cervical neck strain and concussion symptoms.

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies' bullpen picking up slack in big way

Relievers continue to handle heavy workload, blanking Philly for 4 2/3 innings on two hits

Rockies' bullpen picking up slack in big way

DENVER -- The Rockies' bullpen isn't just eating innings. It's enjoying them.

Starter Jorge De La Rosa lasted just 4 1/3 innings, but five relievers held the Phillies scoreless on two hits in a 7-3 Rockies victory at Coors Field on Thursday afternoon. Rockies relievers have 10 2/3 scoreless innings the last two games, and a 1.66 ERA in the last nine contests.

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rosario a changed hitter since return to Rockies

Rosario a changed hitter since return to Rockies

DENVER -- Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario says he doesn't pay attention to his numbers, but that may become harder to do if his current surge keeps going.

After spending a little more than two weeks in Triple-A Albuquerque, Rosario is hitting .293 (12-for-41) and has more than tripled his season hit total since rejoining the Rockies on May 8. Much of that damage has arrived within the last week -- Rosario entered Thursday having produced nine hits in his previous seven games, including four multi-hit affairs.

More

Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rox can't recover from Butler's early struggles

Rox can't recover from Butler's early struggles

DENVER -- Ryan Howard crunched a 454-foot home run among his three hits as the Phillies won for the seventh time in eight games, 4-2, over the Rockies at Coors Field on a chilly Wednesday night.

Howard's third-inning blast accounted for one of the four runs (two earned) and six hits against Rockies starter Eddie Butler (2-5), who was gone after three innings. Butler was chased in 2 2/3 innings of his previous start, against the Dodgers.

More

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Butler has second abbreviated outing in a row

Rockies starter has struggled with command

Butler has second abbreviated outing in a row

DENVER -- Rockies right-hander Eddie Butler knows he isn't as good as he needs to be.

Unable to put hitters away because of inconsistent command, Butler threw 43 first-inning pitches Wednesday night and was gone after 77 pitches in three innings of a 4-2 loss to the Phillies at Coors Field.

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.