Colorado is historically one of the most active teams on the international market, and that trend continues this year.
According to industry sources, the Rockies have agreed to a $2 million signing bonus with Venezuelan outfield prospect Daniel Montano, who is ranked No. 12 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.
OAKLAND -- If a shortstop leads the league in hitting and OPS at his position while tied for the lead in doubles, does it make him an All-Star? Or, at least, does it qualify as a good year? The answer becomes complicated if the shortstop in question is the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki.
OAKLAND -- Chad Bettis felt old, nightmarish habits creep in Wednesday on the way to the Rockies' 4-1 loss to the Athletics at O.co Coliseum. But he didn't let the game spiral out of control the way it might have last year. And while that sounds like a for-what-it's-worth statement, it represents progress.
OAKLAND -- Crew chief Tom Hallion exited Wednesday's game between the A's and Rockies at the Coliseum in the first inning after taking a pitch to his face mask.
Umpire Alfonso Marquez, who began the game at first base, moved behind the plate in Hallion's place following a lengthy delay. Second-base umpire Dan Bellino moved to first, while Ryan Blakney maintained his post at third as part of the truncated crew.
It's been a while, but Rockies left-hander Chris Rusin has fond memories of facing the D-backs, as he went 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts against them back in 2012-13 with the Cubs. Rusin will get another chance Thursday night, when the Rockies and D-backs open a four-game set at Chase Field. D-backs righty Jeremy Hellickson will be making his first career appearance against the Rockies.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado never said a word to Giants manager Bruce Bochy, the National League All-Star manager, during the Rockies' three-game visit to AT&T Park last weekend. He did, however, make an All-Star statement that came through loud and clear.
OAKLAND -- LaTroy Hawkins did the assigned job -- closing the Rockies' 2-1 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday night -- and handled the requisite interviews like a good-natured statesmen. Then he got down to what's real.
OAKLAND -- The Rockies placed closer John Axford on the temporary inactive list because he needed to take care of a family matter. But manager Walt Weiss said Axford's 3-year-old son -- who has been recovering from a rattlesnake bite he suffered during Spring Training -- is doing well.
"He has some things to take care of at home, some personal things to address," Weiss said. "His son is doing fine. I know that's what people are thinking. But he's getting better and better every day.
OAKLAND -- The A's got home runs from Josh Reddick, Ike Davis and Billy Butler, powering their way to a 7-1 win against the Rockies in Monday's series opener at the Coliseum to snap a three-game losing streak.
OAKLAND -- After receiving one honor Monday, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado found himself far away from one that his year says he deserves strong consideration for -- a starting spot for the National League squad in the 2015 All-Star Game.
Nolan Arenado is coming off his Babe Ruth week. Arenado, who hit seven home runs in his last six games, was recognized as the National League Player of the Week on Monday. The Rockies' third baseman had three multihomer games and led the Major Leagues in homers, RBIs (14) and slugging (1.348) last week.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Duffy finished a single away from hitting for the cycle to support Madison Bumgarner's 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball, as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies, 6-3, in the series finale Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park.
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When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Rockies' Nolan Arenado has strong statistics that can be used to debate his standing among third basemen in the Majors - he added two homers and three RBIs to the case during Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Giants. But Arenado seeks meaning over numbers.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies reliever LaTroy Hawkins' right arm needed just a little more rest after heavy usage during the Rockies' last homestand and wasn't used Friday and Saturday against the Giants in situations that could have been his.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies closer John Axford politely and efficiently wrapped up conversations by his locker Saturday morning, then opened his phone and studied the stats of his peers before casting his All-Star Game votes. Will the numbers and the ballots also work for Axford?
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nolan Arenado homered twice, giving him six in the last five games, and Carlos Gonzalez delivered five hits as the Rockies held off the Giants in the ninth and won for the fifth time in six games, 8-6, at AT&T Park on Friday night.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nothing could cool Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on Friday night. The ice that was wrapped around Gonzalez's left hand had begun to melt and drip on the visiting clubhouse floor at AT&T Park.
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