De La Rosa shows old form, but walks costly

Rockies lefty strikes out 9 over 5 innings, falls to 0-2

De La Rosa shows old form, but walks costly

SAN DIEGO -- Saturday night's 4-2 loss to the Padres dumped the Rockies into the group of sub-.500 clubs, but they just may be able to hold onto the pitching of Jorge De La Rosa until they right themselves.

Of course, De La Rosa's work wasn't as adequate as it needed to be. He threw 101 pitches in five innings, which made Saturday the 13th game in 23 that the starter didn't make it past five. But with nine strikeouts and a game that was a couple of ill-timed walks away from possibly being good enough, the Rockies feel that their top starter's form is starting to return.

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Rox struggle to drive in runs in 4th straight loss

Rox struggle to drive in runs in 4th straight loss

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton's two-run single in the fifth inning put the Padres on top for good and Brandon Morrow allowed two runs in six innings Saturday as San Diego edged the Rockies, 4-2, at Petco Park.

Upton's two-run, two-out single came off Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (0-2), who pitched well. He allowed three runs on five hits in five innings with three walks and nine strikeouts.

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Kendrick looks to play stopper for Rox vs. Shields

Kendrick looks to play stopper for Rox vs. Shields

SAN DIEGO -- James Shields has lived up to the largest contract in Padres history (four years, $75 million) by delivering a quality start in each of his first five outings. He'll try to make it a quality half-dozen Sunday against the Rockies in the finale of a three-game series at Petco Park.

Shields has held opponents to a .227 batting average, hasn't given up more than one run in any of his three home starts, and in his last start he fanned 12 in six innings against the free-swinging Astros.

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Rockies recall lefty Roberts from Triple-A

Rondon designated for assignment after two rough outings

Rockies recall lefty Roberts from Triple-A

SAN DIEGO -- While representing the Rockies' farm system during the 2014 Arizona Fall League, lefty pitcher Ken Roberts would defeat hitters during games, and look up their stats afterward. It was easy to find info on these top prospects.

"Guys hitting 30 home runs, making their [Major League debuts]," Roberts said.

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Kendrick's start moved up in rotation switch

Matzek, who exited last start with cramp, given extra day's rest

Kendrick's start moved up in rotation switch

SAN DIEGO -- The Rockies have switched the rotation for the next two games, so righty Kyle Kendrick will start Sunday against the Padres and lefty Tyler Matzek will go Monday against the D-backs in the opener of a three-game series at Coors Field.

Matzek (2-0, 2.70 ERA) left Monday's 5-4 victory over the D-backs after five innings because of a cramp in his left hamstring. Matzek had held the D-backs to two runs on five hits, with three strikeouts and three walks. The switch gives Matzek an extra day's rest.

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Ottavino to learn extent of injury Monday

MRI showed inflammation in triceps tendon above elbow

Ottavino to learn extent of injury Monday

SAN DIEGO -- They say exercise produces endorphins that soothe the mind, but Rockies closer Adam Ottavino's intense lower-body and cardiovascular workout on Friday could only do so much. Ottavino's future will be determined Monday when he meets with Rockies medical director Dr. Thomas J. Noonan about his triceps and elbow injuries.

"I stay in shape," Ottavino said, resting but unable to shake the worry. "I just follow what they tell me to do."

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Rockies get 'weird' with four-error night

Rockies get 'weird' with four-error night

SAN DIEGO -- Friday night's 14-3 loss to the Padres was not just the Rockies' third straight, but each one was more lopsided than the one before. However, second baseman DJ LeMahieu said with confidence that Friday was truly rock bottom.

Rare is the game in which LeMahieu flubs a possible double-play grounder, which occurred during a fourth inning that saw the Rockies make three errors and the Padres score four runs. In winning his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award last season, none of LeMahieu's six errors at second occurred on a ground ball.

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Shaky defense, bullpen costly as Rox drop opener

Shaky defense, bullpen costly as Rox drop opener

SAN DIEGO -- Ian Kennedy struck out six in six innings and the Padres offense unloaded 14 hits and took advantage of four Rockies errors en route to a 14-3 victory at Petco Park on Friday night in front of 30,186.

After giving up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Dodgers in his last start, Kennedy (1-1) held the Rockies to two runs on four hits in six innings, and struck out six in the Padres second victory in the last nine games. In addition to the four errors, the Padres benefited from the bats of Derek Norris and Yangervis Solarte, who combined for seven RBIs.

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Rockies continue to support high school teams

Rockies continue to support high school teams

DENVER -- On June 25, Cardinals left-hander Marco Gonzales made his Major League debut at Coors Field. But having grown up in Fort Collins, Colo., Gonzales was actually making his fifth appearance at Coors Field, thanks to a Rockies program that has supported Colorado high school baseball since 2001.

On Friday, Coors Field will host the last of its 11 dates of prep games -- a doubleheader featuring Pomona against Mountain Range, and Brighton against Centaurus. The finale of this year's prep schedule will be the annual Top 50 Game -- an all-star game featuring the 50 best high school players in Colorado, not just seniors -- on May 28.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Tulo too good to not be NL starter

Rockies superstar's ability at the plate and in the field is unmatched in the game

Tulo too good to not be NL starter

Who will you be voting for to start at shortstop for the National League All-Stars on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati? For me, it's Troy Tulowitzki. He is the defending champion. Someone has to knock him off to claim the job. It's that simple.

If Tulowitzki is healthy, there's nobody better in either league.

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Blackmon out of lineup with stomach bug

LeMahieu, batting .406, fills in as leadoff hitter vs. Padres

Blackmon out of lineup with stomach bug

SAN DIEGO -- What appeared to be a 24-hour stomach bug felled Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon during Thursday's day off. Although Blackmon reported feeling better, manager Walt Weiss went with Drew Stubbs in center and moved DJ LeMahieu to the leadoff spot Friday night against the Padres.

The good news is, at least as of Friday afternoon, the bug had not spread through the club. Hitting coach Blake Doyle had a rough Thursday night, as did some clubhouse staff.

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Quasi-intentional walks haunt Lyles in decisive fifth

Quasi-intentional walks haunt Lyles in decisive fifth

PHOENIX -- It took nearly three games, but in the fifth inning of Wednesday night's 9-1 loss to the D-backs at Chase Field, Rockies manager Walt Weiss finally instructed starter Jordan Lyles to pitch around Paul Goldschmidt with first base open and one out.

Lyles walked Goldschmidt semi-intentionally, one of his five walks in five innings. The move eventually backfired as the D-backs scored five times in the inning to bust open the contest and win the swing game of the three-game series.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lyles struggles, bats fall flat as Rockies drop finale

Lyles struggles, bats fall flat as Rockies drop finale

PHOENIX -- Behind the pitching of Josh Collmenter and a 13-hit outburst by the offense, the D-backs rolled to a 9-1 win over the Rockies on Wednesday night to take the three-game series at Chase Field.

Collmenter (2-3) allowed just one unearned run on five hits over eight innings to pick up the win. Meanwhile, Rockies starter Jordan Lyles was charged with seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in five frames.

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MRI reveals inflammation in Ottavino's right elbow

MRI reveals inflammation in Ottavino's right elbow

PHOENIX -- The MRI results on the arm of Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino came back Tuesday and revealed inflammation where the triceps tendon attaches above the right elbow, manager Walt Weiss said.

Ottavino went on the disabled list Monday and was replaced as closer by veteran John Axford. In a corresponding move, the Rockies recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Albuquerque.

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CarGo on line drive that hit Bradley: 'It was a nightmare'

CarGo on line drive that hit Bradley: 'It was a nightmare'

PHOENIX -- It was less than an hour after the game on Tuesday night when Rockies center fielder Carlos Gonzalez strode to his locker to talk to the media. He was still shaken. At that point, he had no idea that Archie Bradley was in good spirits around the corridor in the D-backs clubhouse.

It was Gonzalez's line drive during the second inning - clocked at 115 mph - that struck the rookie right-hander on the right cheek and knocked him straight to the ground, where he laid prone for seemingly endless minutes on the lip of the Chase Field mound.

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Tracy Ringolsby

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

20 years later, the debut of 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 the 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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Tulo leads experienced Rockies on All-Star Game ballot

Blackmon, Morneau and CarGo bid for another trip to Midsummer Classic

Tulo leads experienced Rockies on All-Star Game ballot

DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki led National League players with 5,349,456 All-Star votes last season. He and several high-profile teammates are looking for votes again.

Balloting began today for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 in Cincinnati, and Tulowitzki -- who became the first player in Colorado history to lead the NL in voting -- and the Rockies' regular position players are on the ballot, which for the first time is exclusively online.

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Kendrick struggles early in loss to D-backs

Kendrick struggles early in loss to D-backs

PHOENIX -- The D-backs hit a pair of home runs and rapped out 15 hits as they beat the Rockies, 12-5, on Tuesday night at Chase Field to snap a four-game losing streak.

Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo led the way with four RBIs, finishing a double shy of hitting for the cycle.The offensive support made a winner of reliever Andrew Chafin, who was summoned in the second inning after Archie Bradley was injured.

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In one night, Tulowitzki sees the ups and downs of baseball

In one night, Tulowitzki sees the ups and downs of baseball

PHOENIX -- For Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Monday night's 5-4 victory over the D-backs offered the yin and yang of things.

The yin: Tulowitzki's epic first inning at-bat that set the stage for Justin Morneau's three-run homer.

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Matzek, Weiss not concerned about lefty's hamstring cramp

Matzek, Weiss not concerned about lefty's hamstring cramp

PHOENIX -- This has happened to Tyler Matzek when he's been on the mound before. The cramps in his legs come in waves, and there's nothing to be done about it at the moment except opt out of the game.

It happened, he said, last year, and Rockies trainers told him to take more potassium and magnesium. It happened again on Monday night.

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Morneau keys Rox fast start in win over D-backs

Morneau keys Rox fast start in win over D-backs

PHOENIX -- Justin Morneau hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Tyler Matzek tossed five-plus quality innings before exiting with an injury as the Rockies topped the D-backs, 5-4, on Monday night at Chase Field.

The loss was the fourth in a row for the D-backs, who have dropped five of six games on this homestand.

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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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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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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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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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