Kendrick eyes return by end of month

MRI confirms should inflammation for Rockies right-hander

Kendrick eyes return by end of month

DENVER -- Rockies pitcher Kyle Kendrick plans to receive an anti-inflammatory shot Wednesday for right shoulder inflammation, and hopes to return before the end of the month.

Kendrick (4-12, 6.43 ERA) left his last start on Friday at St. Louis after one inning. Kendrick had pitched through discomfort the last couple of months, but it registered more as pain Friday and his fastball dipped about 5 mph.

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Bergman feeling good after return from DL

Right-hander works longest outing since May 13 Monday vs. Mariners

Bergman feeling good after return from DL

DENVER -- One day after his longest outing since May 13 and first appearance since returning from right shoulder inflammation, Rockies reliever Christian Bergman delivered good reports.

In his first outing since June 28, Bergman tossed 2 2/3 innings in Monday's 8-7 loss to the Mariners. He threw 50 pitches for just the third time in a relief outing this season, yielding one run and one hit with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.

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Reyes shows his skills in Coors Field debut

New shortstop delivers pair of RBI singles, steals a base in loss

Reyes shows his skills in Coors Field debut

DENVER -- Jose Reyes' enthusiasm is easy to spot from a mile away. A big smile and an energetic personality are just some of the clues.

That showed again on Monday night, when the newly acquired Rockies shortstop made his Coors Field debut with a 2-for-5, two-RBI night in Colorado's 8-7 loss to the Mariners.

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Lack of command stings Butler in tough start

Rookie allows seven runs over just four innings against Mariners

Lack of command stings Butler in tough start

DENVER -- Eddie Butler didn't have to search very far to find the culprit behind Monday's poor outing.

"The first inning just got out of hand," Butler said after the Rockies' 8-7 loss at Coors Field, which was fueled by Seattle's four-run first. "Wasn't able to stop the bleeding. That was the downfall."

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Ninth-inning rally not enough for Rockies

Ninth-inning rally not enough for Rockies

DENVER -- The Mariners clubbed three early homers, scored seven runs over the first three innings and held off the Rockies' late rally, propelling Seattle to an 8-7 win in Monday's series opener at Coors Field.

Robinson Cano, Jesus Montero and Brad Miller delivered RBI hits in a four-run first inning. Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz went back-to-back off Eddie Butler (3-8) to give Seattle a 6-1, second-inning lead. Miller homered in the third, and Butler was gone one inning later, giving up seven hits and a career-high seven runs over just four frames.

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Gonzalez named NL's July Player of the Month

Gonzalez named NL's July Player of the Month

DENVER -- After securing National League Player of the Week honors late last month, Carlos Gonzalez took it up a notch.

On Monday, the Rockies outfielder was crowned NL Player of the Month for July, which saw Gonzalez lead the Major Leagues with 74 total bases and produce NL highs in home runs (11), RBIs (24) and slugging percentage (.841).

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Reyes looking to build own legacy with Rockies

Four-time All-Star shortstop set to make home debut Monday

Reyes looking to build own legacy with Rockies

ST. LOUIS -- The sight of Jose Reyes at shortstop for the Rockies against the Mariners could be a jarring one at Coors Field on Monday night.

For the last 10 seasons, fans have anticipated the brilliance of five-time All-Star Troy Tulowitzki, or, more often than they'd care to remember, wondered when he'd make his return from injury. But with Tulowitzki wowing new fans with the Blue Jays, it's time to get to know Reyes -- a four-time All-Star in his own right. Unlike Tulowitzki, Reyes is well-traveled, playing for the Marlins, Mets and Blue Jays before being traded to the Rockies on July 27.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Gray joins select recent draftees making debut

Righty, selected No. 3 in 2013, set to start for Colorado on Tuesday

Gray joins select recent draftees making debut

DENVER -- The question about the eventual promotion of Jon Gray to the big leagues has always been about when, never if. The answer is Tuesday.

Colorado's first-round Draft pick (No. 3 overall) in 2013, who ranks second among Rockies prospects, is scheduled to become the 21st player -- ninth starting pitcher -- drafted since 2013 to get to the big leagues. Considering the consistency Gray has shown at Triple-A Albuquerque, now is as good a time as any for him to start making the transition to the Majors.

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Gray to make MLB debut on Tuesday

Gray to make MLB debut on Tuesday

ST. LOUIS -- Right-hander Jon Gray, the Rockies' top pick in the 2013 Draft and their top-ranked pitching prospect and No. 2 prospect overall, according to MLB.com, will make his Major League debut on Tuesday night against the Mariners at Coors Field, a source told MLB.com on Sunday night.

Gray, 23, chosen third overall out of Oklahoma, has gone 6-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 21 games, including 21 starts, at Triple-A Albuquerque. He started slowly, but since May 2 he is 6-3 with a 3.17 ERA, 93 strikeouts and 33 walks over 17 outings.

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Flande proving his value in starting rotation

Left-hander allows two runs over five innings Sunday vs. Cardinals

Flande proving his value in starting rotation

ST. LOUIS -- Lefty Yohan Flande has spent the last two seasons filling in wherever the Rockies need him, but his last two outings can be seen as a bid to convince manager Walt Weiss that Flande can fill a starting rotation need.

Coming off his first Major League victory Tuesday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Flande held the Cardinals to two runs and four hits in five innings in the Rockies' 3-2 loss at Busch Stadium. Brandon Moss won it with a pinch-hit RBI single off Scott Oberg in the bottom of the ninth.

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Rockies fall short in finale vs. Cardinals

Rockies fall short in finale vs. Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- New acquisition Brandon Moss delivered his first big hit with the Cardinals -- an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to deliver a 3-2 victory over the Rockies at Busch Stadium before 44,743.

Jason Heyward doubled to right with one out against Scott Oberg (2-2), and Randal Grichuk barely beat Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes' throw to first base to put runners at first and third. Moss' hit made a winner of reliever of Trevor Rosenthal (2-2), who struck out Drew Stubbs after Carlos Gonzalez doubled with two out in the top of the ninth. The Cards won three out of four in the series.

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Rockies hope Arenado's HR a slump buster

Third baseman hits 26th homer in Saturday's loss to Cards

Rockies hope Arenado's HR a slump buster

ST. LOUIS -- Third baseman Nolan Arenado's slump snuck up on the Rockies.

Between June 28 -- the day after he homered twice in a loss at San Francisco -- and Friday, Arenado hit .230 with just one home run. However, there was just one three-game hitless streak, and 10 of his 23 hits during the span were doubles. Add that with his consistently dazzling defense and the fact he appeared in his first All-Star Game, and the fact his average had dipped wasn't glaring.

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De La Rosa's efficiency saves taxed bullpen

Left-hander allows two runs over 6 2/3 innings Saturday vs. Cardinals

De La Rosa's efficiency saves taxed bullpen

ST. LOUIS -- Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa hadn't won in three starts and was barely competitive in two of them. Saturday night, he took a simple approach to correcting the problem, and wound up throwing 6 2/3 efficient innings in a 6-2 victory over the Cardinals.

"The only thing I have to do is attack the hitter like I did today," De La Rosa said.

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Paulsen, Arenado lead Rockies past Cards

Paulsen, Arenado lead Rockies past Cards

ST. LOUIS -- A Cardinals team that exploded to life with 28 hits and 15 runs in the first two games of the series struggled on Saturday against left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, who threw 6 2/3 innings and lifted the free-swinging Rockies to a 6-2 victory in front of 45,216 at Busch Stadium at Saturday night.

"We always feel good handing Jorge the ball, especially after a tough loss or when the bullpen is taxed," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss, who had to exhaust his bullpen when Kyle Kendrick suffered right shoulder inflammation and left after one inning of Friday night's 7-0 loss. "He almost always rises to the occasion."

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Parker arrives with opportunity to prove himself

Club recalls former No. 1 pick amid flurry of roster moves

Parker arrives with opportunity to prove himself

ST. LOUIS -- Time will tell if Rockies 2010 No. 1 Draft pick Kyle Parker is in the Majors to stay. But at least this time he's here to play.

The club recalled Parker, an outfielder and first baseman who turns 26 on Sept. 30, before Saturday's 6-2 win over the Cardinals, while placing outfielder Corey Dickerson on the 15-day disabled list with non-displaced fractures of two ribs.

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Paulsen and Co. provide crucial insurance runs

First baseman homers, drives in three runs in Saturday's win over Cards

Paulsen and Co. provide crucial insurance runs

ST. LOUIS -- For the second time this series, the Rockies' offense produced against the vaunted Cardinals. This time, Ben Paulsen made sure the production led to victory.

Paulsen led off the sixth with his eighth homer this season, off Lance Lynn, and added a two-run double against Seth Maness in the seventh as the Rockies won, 6-2.

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Rockies face uncertain path following Deadline

Colorado quiet after sending Tulowitzki to Toronto

Rockies face uncertain path following Deadline

ST. LOUIS -- Having dealt shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays in a major deal Monday, the Rockies let the final four days leading to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline pass without another move. That means several questions remain as the Rockies attempt to set their future course.

Sending Tulowitzki and relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto allowed the Rockies to add to their depth of pitching prospects. Righty Miguel Castro made his debut with the Blue Jays earlier in the year and has a power arm that could be used in starting or relief (he's in the Triple-A Albuquerque bullpen). Righty Jeff Hoffman, the ninth overall pick in 2014, is at Double-A and gives the Rockies a sorely needed power starter who is not far from the Majors.

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Rockies shut down by Wacha, Cardinals

Rockies shut down by Wacha, Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- Behind blasts from Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta, as well as a bounceback start by Michael Wacha, the Cardinals cruised to a 7-0 win over the Rockies at Busch Stadium on Friday night. The win improved the Cardinals to 39-15 at home, while Colorado has dropped 18 of its last 23 road games.

Carpenter sparked the offense for a second straight night by leading off the first with his third home run in five at-bats. Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick allowed another first-inning run before exiting the game with right shoulder inflammation.

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Dickerson to DL with fractured ribs

Outfielder suffered injury during Thursday's loss to Cardinals

Dickerson to DL with fractured ribs

ST. LOUIS -- Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson's frustrating season took another painful turn Friday, when an MRI revealed that he suffered non-displaced fractures of two ribs ono the right side while diving for a line drive during Thursday's 9-8 loss to the Cardinals.

The injury was announced as a rib contusion on Thursday. Dickerson said he didn't know his injury was as extensive as it was until he was tested at Busch Stadium on Friday before a 7-0 loss to the Cardinals. From on his back, he tried sitting up using his abdominal muscles, and the pain revealed that the injury was worse than he knew the night before.

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Kendrick to have MRI on right shoulder

Right-hander leaves after 1 inning of Friday's loss to Cardinals

Kendrick to have MRI on right shoulder

ST. LOUIS -- Rockies right-hander Kyle Kendrick left Friday night's 7-0 loss to the Cardinals after one inning with right shoulder inflammation, and will undergo an MRI on Monday in Denver. Kendrick said a doctor told him a rotator cuff issue is suspected, but he hopes it's not serious.

Kendrick (4-12, 6.43 ERA), who took the loss on Friday, said he has been pitching through the soreness for two months. On Friday, he couldn't do long-toss before the game and came out when his fastball, usually around 88 mph, dipped to 83.

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Story has great July for Isotopes

Rockies No. 11 prospect finishes a strong July with a grand slam for the Isotopes

Story has great July for Isotopes

Trevor Story helped couldn't save Triple-A Albuquerque from a 10-9 extra-innings defeat to Salt Lake, but he tried.

The hot-hitting Isotope cracked a grand slam -- his second of the season -- in a 1-for-5 night in the losing effort. He has eight homers and 21 RBIs in 25 games since he was promoted from Double-A New Britain.

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Struggling Axford removed from closer role

Betancourt, Kahnle, Miller each expected to see time at end of games

Struggling Axford removed from closer role

ST. LOUIS -- John Axford's search for his form will take place at times other than save situations for the Rockies.

After four blown saves and a 19.64 ERA in his last five outings, Axford learned Friday that manager Walt Weiss will use other pitchers in the closing role for now.

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Martinez apologizes for flare-up with Rockies

Teams trade HBPs, young starter flashes gesture toward Colorado dugout

Martinez apologizes for flare-up with Rockies

ST. LOUIS -- Having channeled his energy and intensity quite well through the first months of the season, Carlos Martinez admitted he let his emotions get the best of him on Thursday night and apologized afterward for the way his five-inning outing ended.

Martinez didn't factor into the Cardinals' 9-8 victory over the Rockies, but his demeanor was a prominent topic in both clubhouses afterward. The two sides offered various explanations as to why things went awry, but there was mutual agreement that Martinez crossed a line when, after securing an inning-ending double play, he threw his glove to the ground and flashed an obscene gesture toward the Rockies' dugout.

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Rockies lose late lead in loss to Cardinals

Rockies lose late lead in loss to Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- In a game that featured six lead changes, the Cardinals snagged the final one, stunning the Rockies with a three-run ninth to steal a 9-8 win at Busch Stadium on Thursday night. Greg Garcia, who had been called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, gave the Cardinals their seventh walk-off win of the year by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

The Rockies went ahead, 8-6, in the eighth by capitalizing on a pair of Kevin Siegrist throwing errors. That lead was handed over to slumping closer John Axford, who retired just one of the six batters he faced. Entering after Matt Carpenter's leadoff double, Axford walked Randal Grichuk and allowed a single to Kolten Wong before Jhonny Peralta laced a game-tying single. Three batters later, with the bases full, Garcia worked the count to 3-2 before laying off a pitch high and outside to end the game.

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De La Rosa looking to be leader of Rockies' rotation

De La Rosa looking to be leader of Rockies' rotation

ST. LOUIS -- Now would be a good time for left-hander Jorge De La Rosa to give the Rockies stability. But De La Rosa has not won in four starts since July 5, and in his last two starts he has coughed up 12 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings.

De La Rosa's last start, Monday against the Cubs, featured a stunning disappearance of command. After three spotless innings, De La Rosa walked the first two batters of the fourth, then gave up hits to five of the last seven batters and was out of the game with two out. The performance raised concerns that a cut on his left middle finger that has hampered him much of the season was the cause, but that wasn't the case.

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Reyes debuts, hopes to help Rox find groove

Colorado's new veteran shortstop singles, steals second in first game with club

Reyes debuts, hopes to help Rox find groove

CHICAGO -- Jose Reyes has the shiny stuff to decorate his walls and shelves and fill his bank account. But he's been traveling the continent -- granted, not always by choice -- chasing postseason success.

"I'm 32 years old, so it's getting late in my career," Reyes said Wednesday morning, before his first game as the Rockies' new shortstop -- a 3-2 loss to the Cubs in which he went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a strikeout. "I want to win. I've been to the playoffs only once, 2006. It's been a long time for me.

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Rockies drop series in Reyes' debut

Rockies drop series in Reyes' debut

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester struck out a season-high 14 batters across eight innings as the Cubs defeated the Rockies on Wednesday, 3-2, to take two of three games in the series at Wrigley Field. Lester became the first Cubs pitcher since Mark Prior in 2004 to throw 14 strikeouts, helping Chicago improve to two games above .500 in July.

Lester finished one strikeout shy of his career high, with at least one K in every inning, including six straight early on. He allowed five hits and one walk in his two-run performance to pick up just his sixth win of the season.

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Rox bat around in 1st, hold on to top Cubs

Rox bat around in 1st, hold on to top Cubs

CHICAGO -- DJ LeMahieu had three hits, including an RBI double and a triple, and Nolan Arenado smacked a two-run double to power the Rockies to a 7-2 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night and even the series at one win apiece.

This was the Rockies' first game after Troy Tulowitzki was traded to the Blue Jays, and they got off to a quick start, sending all nine batters to the plate in the first inning and scoring four runs against Chicago right-hander Dallas Beeler.

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At long last, Flande lands in the win column

At long last, Flande lands in the win column

CHICAGO -- Left-hander Yohan Flande knows all about waiting, and he doesn't make a big deal about it.

Flande's pro career began with four seasons in the Dominican Summer League before he ever set foot in the U.S., then nine-plus seasons with the Phillies and Braves organizations before his first Major League game, last season with the Rockies. Finally, on Tuesday night, in his 24th big league appearance, he found himself in the win column after pitching five workmanlike innings in the Rockies' 7-2 victory over the Cubs.

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Phil Rogers

Trading Tulo not easy, but had to be done

Trading Tulo not easy, but had to be done

CHICAGO -- Change is never easy, but it's often good for us more than we realize while enduring the awkwardness and discomfort it brings.

That's worth thinking about as Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu, Charlie Blackmon, Nick Hundley, Carlos Gonzalez (for however long) and the fans who have flocked to Coors Field for the past nine seasons adjust to life without Troy Tulowitzki.

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