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Tracy Ringolsby

Rain can't wash away memories of Coors Field's first game

20 years later, the debut of the Rockies ballpark is still remembered

Rain can't wash away memories of Coors Field's first game

DENVER -- The temperature was 42 degrees on Sunday afternoon just like it had been 20 years earlier when gates were opened at Coors Field for a regular season game for the first time.

It was raining, just like it had been during the day 20 years earlier.

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After rainout, Rockies won't alter their rotation

After rainout, Rockies won't alter their rotation

DENVER -- Manager Walt Weiss said the Rockies will not alter their rotation after Sunday's game against the Giants that was rained out.

Tyler Matzek, who was scheduled to start Sunday instead will oppose the D-backs Monday at Arizona.

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Matzek takes mound for Rockies against Diamondbacks

Matzek takes mound for Rockies against Diamondbacks

Rockies left-hander Tyler Matzek (1-0, 2.40) and D-backs right-hander Chase Anderson (0-0, 3.00) will oppose each other in the series opener at Chase Field on Monday.

Matzek has avoided big innings, but has an equal number of walks and strikeouts (10) in 15 innings and needs to be more efficient.

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De La Rosa pleased with outing; Dickerson's quad sore

De La Rosa pleased with outing; Dickerson's quad sore

DENVER -- Jorge De La Rosa had come and gone from the mound Saturday night long before speedy Nori Aoki came sliding home on Joe Panik's firm bunt to help give the Giants a 5-4 win over the Rockies in 11 innings.

But De La Rosa pitched five solid innings and rebounded from his poor 2015 debut. He allowed four hits and two runs with two walks -- back-to-back with two outs in the fifth -- and seven strikeouts in a 90-pitch effort against San Francisco.

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Rockies rally in ninth, but fall to Giants in 11

Rockies rally in ninth, but fall to Giants in 11

DENVER -- On the eve of its 20th anniversary, Coors Field did not disappoint. The ballpark's first game, played on April 26, 1995, was a 14-inning affair resulting in a Rockies win. Saturday night, the Giants and Rockies went to 11, with the Giants stealing victory on a run-scoring safety-squeeze bunt by Joe Panik.

Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau fielded the bunt and threw home, but the throw was too late to catch Nori Aoki, who slid home with the deciding run. The 5-4 Giants win -- their first in five tries against the Rockies this season -- evened the series and set up Sunday's rubber match.

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LeMahieu's success with RISP not due to new approach

LeMahieu's success with RISP not due to new approach

DENVER -- Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who is better known for his defense, began the season with an uncanny knack for hitting in the clutch. He typically bats low in the order -- eight starts batting eighth, three hitting ninth, two hitting sixth and one hitting seventh -- but entered Saturday second on the team with 12 RBIs and an average of .588 (10-for-17) with runners in scoring position.

"I'm not going to hit a ton of homers," said LeMahieu, who has hit one this season and 10 in his career. "So for me to impact the game, I've got to drive in runs when they're out there. I try to treat every at-bat the same. But I know those are the biggest at-bats of the game."

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Ottavino benefits from unusually flexible elbows

Ottavino benefits from unusually flexible elbows

DENVER -- Rockies closer Adam Ottavino has more going for him than a vaunted pitching arsenal. In addition to a fastball that touches 98 mph, a wipeout slider and a hard cutter, Ottavino has an unusual amount of flexibility in his elbows.

"Naturally in both my elbows, I have like five or six degrees of hyper-extension," said Ottavino, who then rotated his arms so the eyes of his elbows turned outward. "It's a gift and a curse. It's probably something that helps me stay healthy long term, throw some Gumby-weird pitches, but also at the same time, it's something that has to be maintained."

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Resilient Rockies top Giants in series opener

Resilient Rockies top Giants in series opener

DENVER -- The Rockies overcame three Giants' leads to win their series opener, 6-4, on Friday. A three-run sixth put the Rockies ahead for good. The rally included run-scoring doubles by DJ LeMahieu and pinch-hitter Rafael Ynoa.

Eddie Butler pitched six innings and ended up with the win. The Rockies' 15-hit attack included seven doubles and a third-inning homer by Charlie Blackmon.

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Arenado flashes leather in victory over Giants

Arenado flashes leather in victory over Giants

DENVER -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado helped pitcher Eddie Butler avoid a big inning in the fourth of Friday night's 6-4 win and showed why he has won a National League Gold Glove at his position in each of his first two seasons.

After Butler gave up consecutive singles to start the fourth, Casey McGehee hit a hard grounder that Arenado backhanded with a sprawling stop near the third-base line. He then ran about 15 feet to the base to force Brandon Belt and fired to first just in time to get McGehee and complete a spectacular double play.

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CarGo looks like old self in two-hit game

Working through slump, outfielder knocks double, single in win

CarGo looks like old self in two-hit game

DENVER -- Carlos Gonzalez came out for early batting practice on Friday afternoon, intent on discovering his proper swing and finding his way out of the April wilderness.

He was again hitting sixth in the Rockies' lineup, something he did Wednesday for the first time since Sept. 17, 2012. Manager Walt Weiss gave Gonzalez a breather Thursday -- he entered that game against the Padres on a double-switch in the eighth and struck out in the bottom of that inning.

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Rockies rest Tulowitzki in series opener

Team has plan to rest oft-injured shortstop regularly throughout season

Rockies rest Tulowitzki in series opener

DENVER -- Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki met briefly in the early afternoon with manager Walt Weiss and learned he was not going to be in the starting lineup against the Giants in the opener of a three-game series.

It's all part of the Rockies' plan to give Tulowitzki, who has a history of leg injuries, regular rest in hopes he'll stay healthy. Weiss said his decisions on when to rest Tulowitzki, who has played just 264 games from 2012-14, are "a collaborative effort," and he opted to rest him Friday night.

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Slowing the game down, Arenado cuts down on strikeouts

Slowing the game down, Arenado cuts down on strikeouts

DENVER -- Third baseman Nolan Arenado has always had the ability to make consistent contact. And while they have never been high, his strikeout totals have been minimal this season.

Entering Friday, Arenado had three strikeouts in 58 plate appearances, an average of one every 19.3 times he stepped in the batters' box. As a rookie in 2013, Arenado averaged one strikeout every 7.1 plate appearances, and last year, he averaged one strikeout every 8.1 plate appearances.

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Lyles notches solid outing but looks to improve further

Righty allows one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings vs. Padres

Lyles notches solid outing but looks to improve further

DENVER -- Rockies right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles will not let the celebrated difficulty of pitching at Coors Field lower his standards.

Lyles was solid for 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Padres at Coors Field, which gave the Rockies a split of a four-game set that started with two losses.

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Dickerson homers again to lead Rockies to series split

Dickerson homers again to lead Rockies to series split

DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson homered for the third time in the past two games and right-hander Jordan Lyles forced 10 outs along the ground in a season-high 6 2/3 innings as the Rockies beat the Padres, 2-1, at Coors Field on Thursday in front of 31,676 to earn a split of the four-game series.

"We got the last two games of the series, and that was huge," said Lyles, who held the Padres to six hits -- all singles -- and one run. "We fought back."

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Rockies' rested bullpen performs well vs. Padres

With closer Ottavino out with soreness, manager Weiss feels comfortable turning to Axford

Rockies' rested bullpen performs well vs. Padres

DENVER -- When the Rockies' bullpen has enough rest, manager Walt Weiss has enough talent to give one of his finest relievers a day off.

Before Thursday's finale of a four-game set with the Padres, closer Adam Ottavino informed Weiss he was dealing with slight soreness in his right triceps. Weiss simply turned to John Axford, who fanned two in the ninth to preserve a 2-1 victory.

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Bergman adjusting well to multiple roles

Righty made 10 starts last season but feels accepted by Rockies' bullpen

Bergman adjusting well to multiple roles

DENVER -- Rockies righty Christian Bergman still plays catch with starters Kyle Kendrick and Tyler Matzek, but he also feels accepted by the bullpen society.

"If I haven't, they're hiding it pretty well," said Bergman, who is getting used to being the pitcher with many roles.

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Rockies walk off on Descalso's hit in ninth, halt skid

Rockies walk off on Descalso's hit in ninth, halt skid

DENVER -- Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso delivered a bases-loaded single over a five-man, drawn-in infield with one out in the bottom of the ninth as the Rockies ended their losing streak at five games, edging the Padres, 5-4, at Coors Field on Wednesday night.

Corey Dickerson homered twice, in the first off Padres starter James Shields and in the eighth off Joaquin Benoit to tie it at 4. The Rockies loaded the bases in the ninth against Shawn Kelley (0-2) to set up Descalso, a former Cardinal who signed a two-year, $3.6 million contract during the offseason for veteran know-how off the bench.

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Arenado's dazzling 'D' once again on display

Rockies' Gold Glove third baseman saves multiple runs with sparkling performance

Arenado's dazzling 'D' once again on display

DENVER -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado had his left wrist wrapped in a mini ice boulder. But when that hand had a glove on it, it was hot throughout Wednesday night's 5-4 victory over the Padres.

After missing the past two games with left wrist soreness, Arenado made four dazzling fielding plays. One of them, a dive for a Wil Myers grounder that ended the seventh and likely saved two runs, had much to do with the final result -- the end of the Rockies' losing streak at five games.

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Battling foot issue, even-keeled Dickerson swats pair of HRs

Rejoining Rockies' starting lineup, outfielder's second blast ties game in eighth

Battling foot issue, even-keeled Dickerson swats pair of HRs

DENVER -- Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson stays cool.

He has plantar fasciitis in his left foot, has had it since late Spring Training. The pain caused him to leave Monday's game and miss much of Tuesday's. Truth is, he still has it, but it doesn't worry him. Returning to the starting lineup Wednesday to face Padres ace James Shields didn't faze him.

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To add arm to 'pen, Rockies option Rosario to Triple-A

Dickerson, Arenado back in lineup; Axford activated, Hawkins placed on DL

To add arm to 'pen, Rockies option Rosario to Triple-A

DENVER -- Needing to bolster a tired bullpen and uncertain that third baseman Nolan Arenado and outfielder Corey Dickerson are healthy, the Rockies sent right-handed-hitting Wilin Rosario to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday.

Rosario has hit .357 with one home run -- a game-winner at Milwaukee in the season's second game -- and two RBIs as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman.

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Axford brings son home for first time since snakebite

Rockies reliever activated off restricted list

Axford brings son home for first time since snakebite

DENVER -- Activated from the restricted list, Rockies righty reliever John Axford celebrated bringing his 2 1/2-year-old son home Wednesday for the first time in the four weeks since he was bitten twice on the right foot by a rattlesnake.

Wednesday night's 5-4 win over the Padres marked Axford's first in uniform since he went on the family medical emergency leave list April 12 and the restricted list seven days later. Axford was away from the team helping his son, Jameson, transfer from a hospital in Arizona, where he was at the time of the snakebite, to Denver.

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Helton holds lead in Rockies Franchise Four voting

Helton holds lead in Rockies Franchise Four voting

DENVER -- Todd Helton, Larry Walker, Troy Tulowitzki and Andres Galarraga … if the Rockies ever placed those names on the same lineup card, the offensive firepower would be hard to match.

Those four, in that order are the leaders as of the first tabulation of the Rockies MLB.com "Franchise Four" -- the four most impactful players in team history, as voted by fans. Also on the Rockies' ballot are Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla, Carlos Gonzalez and Matt Holliday.

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Bullpen can't hold lead as Rockies drop fifth straight

Bullpen can't hold lead as Rockies drop fifth straight

DENVER -- Derek Norris' two-run double broke an eighth-inning tie and gave the Padres their third straight victory -- 7-6 at Coors Field on Tuesday night over the Rockies, who have lost five straight.

The Padres entered the eighth trailing, 5-3. Yangervis Solarte and Wil Myers delivered RBI singles off Boone Logan (0-1). In between, Logan fielded an Alexi Amarista squeeze bunt attempt and cut down a runner at the plate. But Norris doubled to right-center just past the outstretched glove of Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon, giving the Padres the lead and reliever Brandon Maurer (1-0) the win.

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Tracy Ringolsby

For Rockies to thrive, starters must give 'pen a breather

For Rockies to thrive, starters must give 'pen a breather

DENVER -- The Rockies want to see signs of encouragement.

Their No. 1 starter, Jorge De La Rosa, did come off the disabled list and rejoined the rotation Monday.

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Amid rough patch, Rockies keeping level heads

Club gives up lead, falls to 1-4 at Coors Field

Amid rough patch, Rockies keeping level heads

DENVER -- The Rockies, who often depend on trips home to ignite them, refused to question themselves after losing their fifth straight -- and fourth straight at Coors Field -- 7-6 to the Padres on Tuesday night.

"No one said this thing was going to be this easy," Troy Tulowitzki said. "We started off well, but we knew we were going to go through a time when it was going to be rough. We didn't know it was going to be so quick."

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Dickerson, Arenado held out of starting lineup

Outfielder dealing with left foot plantar fasciitis, while third baseman has sore left wrist

Dickerson, Arenado held out of starting lineup

DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson, who left Monday night's game with left foot plantar fasciitis, and third baseman Nolan Arenado, scratched just before Monday's game because of a sore left wrist, said they felt better Tuesday, but manager Walt Weiss kept them out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Padres.

Dickerson had been playing with the injury since the final week of Spring Training, and said he could've played Tuesday. He will continue with maintenance treatments and would consider an anti-inflammatory shot if it grew worse.

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CarGo donates $100K to Boys & Girls Clubs

Rockies outfielder notes importance of education

CarGo donates $100K to Boys & Girls Clubs

DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, through his charitable foundation, donated $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver on Tuesday. Gonzalez and his family made the presentation during a ceremony in the Rockies' dugout at Coors Field before the game against the Padres.

Gonzalez said he garnered support from several Denver-area corporations to help with the donation. In 2014, Gonzalez's foundation raised money for Denver Kids (which assists Denver Public Schools), the Denver Advocacy Center and the Boys & Girls Clubs, and will begin working with organizations in his home country of Venezuela, according to the foundation's website.

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Colo. fifth grader among 'Breaking Barriers' prize winners

Aidan Hamilton has overcome epilepsy and autism to become excellent student

Colo. fifth grader among 'Breaking Barriers' prize winners

LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Bethlehem Lutheran School fifth-grader Aidan Hamilton would love to become a broadcaster when he grows up.

"I never stop speaking," Aidan said.

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Overamped De La Rosa 'ambushed' by Padres

Rockies starter allows nine runs (seven earned) in two innings of season debut

Overamped De La Rosa 'ambushed' by Padres

DENVER -- Jorge De La Rosa was in trouble from the beginning Monday as he made his delayed entry into the 2015 season, a start that was brief and for the wrong reasons also was historic.

The Padres pounded the Rockies, 14-3, doing most of their damage against De La Rosa, the Rockies' top starter whose success at Coors Field has defied belief. He began the season on the disabled list with a left groin strain, and after two rehab starts at Triple-A Albuquerque, De La Rosa was activated Monday.

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De La Rosa's debut spoiled by Padres' barrage

De La Rosa's debut spoiled by Padres' barrage

DENVER -- The Padres arrived in Coors Field with their bats a-blazing, scoring all they needed in a five-run first and three times scoring more runs in an inning than the Rockies scored all night Monday. San Diego took the series opener, 14-3, hitting the Rockies hard in a park where they dominated the Friars in 2014.

The nine runs in the first two innings spoiled the return of Rockies southpaw Jorge De La Rosa, who opened the season on the disabled list with a left groin strain.

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