Hale to make first Rockies start vs. Giants

Righty will be added as 26th player for doubleheader, pitch nightcap

Hale to make first Rockies start vs. Giants

DENVER -- Right-hander David Hale will deal with the requisite nerves that come with making his debut start for a new team Saturday night, when he starts for the Rockies in the second game of a doubleheader against the Giants at Coors Field. But there is enough familiarity to calm some of the nerves.

Hale made 45 Major League appearances, including six starts, with the Braves last season. He faced the Giants four times in relief and totaled 4 1/3 scoreless innings (three hits, two strikeouts, three walks). The Rockies acquired Hale during the winter for Minor League catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd.

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Brown to rejoin Rockies for doubleheader

Reliever 'ready to go' after rehabbing sore shoulder

Brown to rejoin Rockies for doubleheader

DENVER -- Rockies reliever Brooks Brown, coming off a successful injury rehab appearance Thursday for Triple-A Albuquerque, is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list for Saturday's doubleheader against the Giants.

Thursday was Brown's third rehab appearance since landing on the DL with right shoulder inflammation. He surrendered just one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings, including three strikeouts.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rockies' baserunning gaffes add to woes

Rosario, Paulsen miss out on scoring opportunites

Rockies' baserunning gaffes add to woes

DENVER -- With minimal scoring chances, two baserunning errors added to the Rockies' woes in their 4-2 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday night at Coors Field.

In the fourth, Wilin Rosario rocketed a two-out single to left with Carlos Gonzalez on first, seemingly setting the Rockies up with a prime opportunity to further chisel into the Phillies' 4-1 advantage. Left fielder Ben Revere fired his relay throw in to third as Rosario tried to snag an extra base -- but shortstop Freddy Galvis cut the ball off and whipped a short throw to second.

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Rockies call up Barnes, option Stubbs

Rockies call up Barnes, option Stubbs

DENVER -- The Rockies optioned struggling outfielder Drew Stubbs to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday and recalled outfielder Brandon Barnes, one of the Majors' most effective pinch-hitters last season with the Rockies.

Because Stubbs entered the 2015 season with more than five years of Major League service time, he had to approve the demotion to Triple-A -- a level where he hasn't played since 2009.

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Night after ejection, Hundley hits decisive HR

Rockies score all six runs in win with two outs

Night after ejection, Hundley hits decisive HR

DENVER -- For the second straight night, Rockies catcher Nick Hundley batted in the eighth inning and ended up shouting as he left the field. But Hundley will take the screams of Tuesday over the yells of Monday.

Hundley launched a two-out solo homer to give the Rockies a 6-5 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday to end a six-game home losing streak. The winning swing came a night after Hundley flied out in the eighth before being thrown out of the game for arguing a check-swing call with first-base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.

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Rockies cool off Phillies on Hundley's blast

Rockies cool off Phillies on Hundley's blast

DENVER -- Nick Hundley homered to left-center field with two outs in the eighth as the Rockies won, 6-5, and snapped the Phillies' win streak at six games on Tuesday night at Coors Field.

Hundley's homer, his third this season, came off Phillies righty Justin De Fratus (0-1). It gave the usually strong-at-home Rockies their first victory at Coors since April 24, after six straight losses.

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Bettis continues string of quality starts

Righty doesn't walk a batter in six solid innings

Bettis continues string of quality starts

DENVER -- With two Phillies runs already across in the second inning and his team's early advantage nearly wiped away, Rockies starting pitcher Chad Bettis issued himself a simple message.

Slow down.

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Rox place Dickerson on DL, call up Paulsen

Hawkins, De La Rosa progressing

Rox place Dickerson on DL, call up Paulsen

DENVER -- Ailing Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday in hopes that the plantar fasciitis in his left foot will finally heal enough to where he can return to the lineup on a consistent basis.

Corner outfielder-first baseman Ben Paulsen was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque.

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CarGo 'getting the feel back' at the plate

CarGo 'getting the feel back' at the plate

DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has been delicious fodder for data crunchers and chart readers. But the analytics revolution has yet to reach Gonzalez in the batter's box.

"I try to make this game simple," Gonzalez said. "It's already too hard. Hitting is the hardest thing in baseball. You can't get caught up with, 'I'm swinging at this pitch.' That just happens. I know I can hit any pitch. Fastball, breaking ball, it doesn't matter. If it's in the strike zone, I'm going to be able to drive it."

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In return from injury, Lyles spins solid outing

Right-hander grinds through six innings after hurting pitching hand last week

In return from injury, Lyles spins solid outing

DENVER -- Jordan Lyles' right hand, which had been severely battered and bruised less than a week ago, was more than sufficient for nearly six frames.

But as the Colorado starter attempted to finish off the sixth inning on Monday night, the Phillies uncovered a gold mine of two-out magic -- enough to knock Lyles off course and propel Philadelphia to a 4-3 victory at Coors Field.

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Rockies' bats come up short against Phillies

Rockies' bats come up short against Phillies

DENVER -- Cole Hamels struck out seven and limited the Rockies to six hits in 7 1/3 innings for his third straight win as the Phillies prevailed, 4-3, on Monday night at Coors Field.

Hamels (4-3) dueled with Rockies righty Jordan Lyles (2-4) until the sixth, when the Phillies scored three runs with two outs. Odubel Herrera doubled in two runs, and Carlos Ruiz added an RBI single.

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Offensive struggles piling up for Rockies

Colorado strikes out 11 times against tough Phillies pitching on Monday

Offensive struggles piling up for Rockies

DENVER -- The strikeouts are piling, as are the Rockies' losses.

Nolan Arenado swung over a Jonathan Papelbon split-finger pitch with a man on base for the 11th and final strikeout of a 4-3 loss to the Phillies at Coors Field on Monday night.

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Matzek continues work on mechanics

Left-hander focuses on fundamentals in bullpens and flat-ground work

Matzek continues work on mechanics

DENVER -- Lefty Tyler Matzek's blessing and curse is once a game begins, a competitive instinct rules him. So as he works on the specific flaws that caused him to be sent down to Triple-A Albuquerque, the Rockies have decided to remove game action from the equation.

Matzek was removed from his scheduled start Monday against Sacramento, and player development director Zach Wilson said Matzek will work on specific fundamentals in bullpens and flat-ground work. Albuquerque pitching coach Darryl Scott and Minor League pitching coordinator Doug Linton are in charge of the retooling.

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LeMahieu working to shake out of May slump

LeMahieu working to shake out of May slump

DENVER -- Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu dropped his batting average from .406 at the end of April to .315 going into Monday night's game against the Phillies.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss described the downturn as "the cycle of a season," which makes sense -- .406 hasn't been sustainable since 1941. LeMahieu admitted that tumbling through the cycle takes a mental toll.

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Kendrick outdueled as Rox settle for series split

Kendrick outdueled as Rox settle for series split

LOS ANGELES -- Yasmani Grandal's two-out, RBI single in the fourth inning stood, as the Dodgers took a 1-0 victory over the Rockies on Sunday afternoon to earn a split of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium.

The run was enough to support Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger, who held the Rockies to three hits in six innings, lowering his ERA to 1.04 in three starts. Yimi Garcia and Chris Hatcher pitched clean relief innings, and Kenley Jansen -- activated Friday after undergoing left foot surgery in Spring Training -- earned his first 2015 save.

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Dahl on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Bryant, Schwarber, Vogelbach earn honors with combined eight homers and 20 RBIs

Dahl on MLB Pipeline's Prospect 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.

In his first month with the Cubs, Kris Bryant has done nothing but add to the belief that he'll become a superstar. Despite missing Chicago's first eight games in an apparent attempt to leverage his service time, he leads the team with 24 RBIs and 24 walks in 29 games while batting a cool .291/.426/.476.

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Kendrick's solid May looking like resurgence

Kendrick's solid May looking like resurgence

LOS ANGELES -- Right-hander Kyle Kendrick's April struggles helped drag the Rockies to the bottom of Major League starting-pitching stats. But his last two outings, including Sunday's seven solid innings in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers, could be part of a resurgence.

Sunday's loss was the fifth passable-to-strong starter-type performance of the road trip. (On Wednesday, righty Christian Bergman replaced an injured Jordan Lyles in the second against the Angels and threw 5 1/3 one-run innings.) The Rockies still went 2-4, but it was the kind of pitching that could lead to a turnaround.

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