CarGo hits slam, Reynolds' HR walks it off

CarGo hits slam, Reynolds' HR walks it off

DENVER -- Mark Reynolds hit a walk-off two-run homer off Silvino Bracho, powering the Rockies past the D-backs, 9-7, on Sunday at Coors Field to split the four-game series.

It marked Colorado's first walk-off win of the season and Reynolds' first walk-off hit of his career. The timing was critical for the Rockies, who were out of bench bats and fresh relievers.

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LeMahieu, Story injured in Sunday's win

LeMahieu, Story injured in Sunday's win

DENVER -- The Rockies' 9-7 walk-off win on Sunday was painful for their All-Star hopeful middle-infield duo -- second baseman DJ LeMahieu and shortstop Trevor Story.

LeMahieu exited in the top of the sixth inning with a left knee contusion, while Story sustained a bruised right middle finger after being hit by a ninth-inning pitch.

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Chatwood eyes rehab assignment this week

Chatwood eyes rehab assignment this week

DENVER -- Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood hopes to leave for a Minor League rehab assignment on Thursday as he completes his comeback from a back strain.

Chatwood, who sustained the injury last Saturday at Miami, used all of his pitches in a bullpen session on Saturday and plans another on Monday. Saturday's bullpen had a slight modification -- the catcher was positioned at home plate, instead of behind -- but he threw all the pitches at full speed, and he'll do the same with the catcher positioned normally on Monday for 40-45 pitches.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gray gets the call as Rox take on Tulo, Jays

Gray gets the call as Rox take on Tulo, Jays

Troy Tulowitzki is going back to Coors Field with a plan to play it cool, but the former Rockies shortstop knows that might be easier said than done.

After spending parts of 10 seasons in Colorado, making a lot of friends and leading the Rockies to the 2007 World Series, Tulowitzki has a lot of special memories to look back upon in the series ahead. And yet, he's a Blue Jay now.

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies still envision Butler as a starter

Rockies still envision Butler as a starter

DENVER -- When the Rockies called up Tyler Anderson and reinstated Jorge De La Rosa to the rotation 11 days ago, Eddie Butler lost his rotation spot. But when Tyler Chatwood landed on the 15-day disabled list shortly thereafter, Butler regained his starting role.

The question becomes what his long-term role is, especially when the team is healthy again?

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Three homers back De La Rosa in win

Three homers back De La Rosa in win

DENVER -- Jorge De La Rosa had his best start since rejoining the rotation 10 days ago and Tony Wolters hit his first career home run as the Rockies topped the D-backs, 11-6, on Saturday at Coors Field.

De La Rosa held the D-backs to one run -- on Paul Goldschmidt's double after Jean Segura's leadoff walk -- in six innings. The Rockies' Charlie Blackmon quickly erased that deficit with his 17th career leadoff home run, which tied him with Curtis Granderson for the most in the Majors since 2013, Blackmon's rookie season.

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Wolters blasts first homer on career day

Wolters blasts first homer on career day

DENVER -- Tony Wolters' defense at catcher has been excellent all season, especially for a recently converted infielder. But Saturday's 11-6 win over the D-backs was his day to shine with the bat.

Wolters drove in a game-high four runs and tied a team-high with three hits, most notably his first career homer. He sent a 3-1 fastball up over the plate from Shelby Miller deep into the right-field seats, a no-doubt two-run shot.

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DJ spinning different tune with long balls

DJ spinning different tune with long balls

DENVER -- DJ LeMahieu insists he hasn't made any mechanical adjustments to his swing in a season in which he has flashed a significant power surge.

With a three-run homer in the eighth inning of Saturday's 11-6 win over the D-backs, LeMahieu bailed out a bullpen that has allowed 18 earned runs in 14 1/3 innings since Wednesday, giving reliever Gonzalez Germen enough cushion to pick up just his third career save.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies option Castro, select contract of Flande

Rockies option Castro, select contract of Flande

DENVER -- The Rockies optioned right-handed reliever Miguel Castro to Triple-A Albuquerque and selected the contract of lefty Yohan Flande in a move designed to add reinforcements to a tired bullpen and help the struggling Castro regain consistency.

Castro, 21, had a 1.50 ERA in six early-season appearances before experiencing right shoulder inflammation. Since then, he has a 9.35 ERA in 13 Major League outings. He gave up two runs and recorded just one out during the D-backs' six-run seventh inning -- a key swing in the Rockies' 10-9 loss on Friday night.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pitch, Hit & Run event a family affair

Pitch, Hit & Run event a family affair

DENVER -- On Thursday night, Parker Young was playing in the championship game for his Comp League baseball team. On Saturday morning, he was at Coors Field, for the Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Competition.

After finishing in second place in his South Jordan, Utah, tournament, the Young family drove eight hours the next morning to Denver. There, Parker, 8, won first place in the 7-8-year-old baseball division, and his sister, Alexia, 10, won second place in the 9-10-year-old softball division.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Colorado. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rox drop a heartbreaker to D-backs

Rox drop a heartbreaker to D-backs

DENVER -- In the ninth inning of a back-and-forth game, Yasmany Tomas' second homer tied the score and Michael Bourn hit a go-ahead single, giving the D-backs a 10-9 win over the Rockies at Coors Field on Friday.

With the win, Arizona passed Colorado in the National League West standings. At four hours and 30 minutes, it was the longest nine-inning game in NL history, surpassing the Dodgers-Giants game of Oct. 5, 2001, which went four hours and 27 minutes. The MLB record is four hours and 45 minutes (Red Sox and Yankees on Aug. 18, 2006).

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Rox struggle to make the most of chances

Rox struggle to make the most of chances

DENVER -- On Friday night it was Carlos Gonzalez's turn to see his good work go for naught in the Rockies' crazy 10-9 loss to the D-backs.

One night after striking out with the bases loaded in a one-run loss -- and sustaining a slight sprain of his right wrist in the process -- Gonzalez came through. His pinch-hit double in the bottom of the eighth off Randall Delgado briefly gave the Rockies the lead, but the lead disappeared when closer Carlos Estevez lost it in the ninth for the second straight night.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McGee getting closer to rehab assignment

McGee getting closer to rehab assignment

DENVER -- Rockies reliever Jake McGee threw a full-tilt, 20-pitch bullpen session on Friday, and if his next session, scheduled for Sunday, goes well, he intends to begin a Minor League rehab assignment.

Friday's bullpen was McGee's first since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 11 with inflammation in his left knee. He believes his rehab will be short.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hoffman among top prospect performers Friday

Top Red Sox prospect belts first Double-A home run as part of multi-hit game

Hoffman among top prospect performers Friday

The milestones keep coming for Yoan Moncada.

The No. 5 overall prospect connected on his first Double-A home run on Friday night as part of another multi-hit performance, but it wasn't enough to keep Portland from losing to Reading, 11-3. Moncada's homer, a solo shot in the fourth inning, was his fifth of the season.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies stage rally but drop opener to D-backs

Rockies stage rally but drop opener to D-backs

DENVER -- Nick Ahmed hit a go-ahead single in the ninth and the D-backs held off the Rockies, 7-6, at Coors Field on Thursday for their sixth win in seven games.

Arizona mounted a two-out rally in the ninth against Rockies closer Carlos Estevez, who was saddled with his fourth loss of the season. Jake Lamb singled to right field and Chris Herrmann singled on a ball that deflected off Estevez's glove before Ahmed got his first hit in his last 15 plate appearances.

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Butler gives up 2 HRs but helps save bench

Butler gives up 2 HRs but helps save bench

DENVER -- Eddie Butler's line wasn't ideal in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the D-backs; the six runs he gave up is the second most he's allowed in any start this season. However, his ability to work his way through five innings proved crucial.

After Butler surrendered two runs in the top of the fourth -- after four scored in the third -- he was due to bat fourth in the bottom of the inning. Manager Walt Weiss decided to stick with him, saving a pinch-hitter from being burned early and staying out of the bullpen for one more inning.

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Gray expects to make next start, vs. Toronto

Gray expects to make next start, vs. Toronto

DENVER -- Rookie right-hander Jon Gray expects to make his next start, on Monday against the Blue Jays, as long as he takes it easy during his between-starts throwing program.

Arm fatigue -- no pain, just weakness, he said -- created severe control and command issues during Wednesday's start against the Yankees, and he was removed after four-plus innings. Strength testing on Thursday confirmed the original diagnosis of arm fatigue. No MRI was performed.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arenado eager to taste Rockies' home cooking

Arenado eager to taste Rockies' home cooking

DENVER -- The Rockies' history of dominating at home is simply that as far as third baseman Nolan Arenado is concerned. He'd like to experience it.

"It's got to be a good feeling, but I don't know it," said Arenado, who entered the final week of National League All-Star voting trailing the Cubs' Kris Bryant -- the NL's leading vote-getter -- by roughly 500,000 votes for the honor of starting at third base. "You've got to ask teams like the Giants. They take care of business at home most of the time. But we're playing good ball, and if we can play the way we did in the last homestand, it would be really nice."

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rodgers, Marquez among top prospect performers Thursday

Top Twins prospect dominant over eight scoreless; Yankees' No. 2 continues to show off power

Rodgers, Marquez among top prospect performers Thursday

Jose Berrios was absolutely dominant in Triple-A Rochester's 2-0 win over Columbus. Berrios (Twins' No. 1) is the No. 15 overall prospect, and after his electric outing, it's very clear why he's so highly regarded.

The 22-year-old needed just 88 pitches, 60 strikes, to throw eight scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out nine.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rox bullpen unable to hold lead vs. Yankees

Rox bullpen unable to hold lead vs. Yankees

NEW YORK -- Starlin Castro hit a walk-off home run on the second pitch he saw from Jason Motte in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Yankees to a 9-8 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon to earn a split of the two-game Interleague series at Yankee Stadium.

"It feels great," Castro said. "Especially to win the game like that in the ninth, it feels awesome. This is the first time I hit a homer to win the game."

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

Nick Suss is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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Arenado's power/patience combo unmatched

Arenado's power/patience combo unmatched

NEW YORK -- Approaching the All-Star break, Nolan Arenado's offensive pace in 2016 is, somehow, even slightly better than it was a year ago, when he finished the '15 campaign as the National League leader with 42 home runs and the Major League leader with 130 RBIs.

In the Rockies' 8-4 win over the Yankees on Tuesday, the third baseman retook the MLB lead in homers with his 21st. His 3-for-4, three-RBI game brought his batting average to .295 and his RBI total to an NL-best 60. He's also having the best defensive season of any third baseman, according to Ultimate Zone Rating.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Story, Arenado making push for ASG starts

Story, Arenado making push for ASG starts

NEW YORK -- Nolan Arenado is leading National League third basemen in essentially every category. Except for votes on the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Arenado trails the NL's leading vote getter -- Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant -- by about 500,000 votes in the most recent NL All-Star update, despite entering Wednesday as the league leader in home runs (21) and RBIs (60). Also in second place trailing a Cub is Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, who sits fewer than 400,000 votes behind Addison Russell for a starting position.

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Nick Suss is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rox take lead in 1st AB, never trail vs. Yanks

Rox take lead in 1st AB, never trail vs. Yanks

NEW YORK -- Charlie Blackmon homered twice and Nolan Arenado claimed the Major League lead with his 21st long ball of the season, helping to lead the Rockies to an 8-4 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Blackmon led off the game with a home run that struck the right-field foul pole, then went deep again in the fourth inning off Yankees starter Ivan Nova, who was hammered for six runs (five earned) and eight hits in four-plus innings. Arenado slugged a two-run shot in the sixth off Nick Goody.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

Nick Suss is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Rockies on Tuesday.

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Top of Rockies' lineup a fearsome foursome

Blackmon, LeMahieu, Arenado and CarGo combine for big night in the Bronx

Top of Rockies' lineup a fearsome foursome

NEW YORK -- When the Rockies' offensive strategy works, as it did in Tuesday night's 8-4 win over the Yankees, it's an exercise in role awareness, with each player at the top of the order knowing what his part is and what he needs to do.

On nights when one or two guys are off, the results may be middling. But on Tuesday, the battery of Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu, Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez was locked in, combining to go 11-for-18 with three home runs, six RBIs and eight runs scored.

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Sources: Rox agree to deal with 6th-rounder

Outfielder Abreu out of Miami was selected 170th overall in Draft

Sources: Rox agree to deal with 6th-rounder

NEW YORK -- According to MLB.com sources, the Rockies have agreed to terms with sixth-round Draft pick Willie Abreu. The club has not confirmed.

Abreu, a corner outfielder from the University of Miami, reportedly agreed to a contract worth $303,700, the slot value connected to the 170th pick where Abreu was drafted.

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Dahl among top prospect performers Tuesday

Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect flirts with no-hitter, Yankees' No. 2 notches first pro multi-homer game

Dahl among top prospect performers Tuesday

Once the calendar switched to June, Conner Greene became dominant. The Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect twirled seven scoreless frames Tuesday for Class A Advanced Dunedin in a 6-0 shutout of Brevard County and is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA through three starts in the month.

Greene gave up three hits, walked a pair and struck out seven in his longest start of the year. The seven strikeouts were also a season-high for the right-hander, who recently added a slider to his repertoire.

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