PHOENIX -- Can't say Rockies manager Walt Weiss didn't give proper warning. Even Wilin Rosario knew that while learning to play first base at the Major League level, he could do something spectacularly awful. It happened at an inopportune time Saturday night.
The Rockies trailed the D-backs by a run in the eighth when Rosario dashed in for Cliff Pennington's surprise bunt with runners at first and third. Rosario looked to the plate, didn't have a play, then made a blind, leaping throw to first base. Problem was no one was there. A second run scored, and the D-backs handed the Rockies a 7-3 loss.
PHOENIX -- Patrick Corbin tossed five solid innings to earn the win in his first start since Sept. 27, 2013 as the D-backs beat the Rockies, 7-3, on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Chase Field.
Corbin, who underwent Tommy John surgery in March, 2014, allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out three. The D-backs gave Corbin some early run support in the first when they capitalized on a Nolan Arenado error to score a pair of runs.
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By Mark Newman
It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.
After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.
PHOENIX -- On game days that end in "y," you just count on third baseman Nolan Arenado being in the Rockies' lineup. It's only when there's a blip, like a two-error game Friday night followed by a hitless one Saturday, that you wonder if even Arenado gets tired.
Guess what? He doesn't. Saturday was Arenado's 79th appearance and 78th start in exactly half a season, 81 games.
PHOENIX -- Forget whatever pressure is supposed to come with pitching in the ninth, or any other inning. Rockies closer John Axford finds pitching relaxing.
Axford returned to the team Friday after being away for three days to attend to what he called a matter that is "private with our family." Axford emphasized that his 3-year-old son Jameson, bitten by a rattlesnake during Spring Training, continues to recover and the absence was not because of a health concern.
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.
PHOENIX -- Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports Rocky Mountain joined the 850 KOA radio booth as color commentator for the Rockies game Thursday against the D-backs, and will also serve in that capacity Friday and Saturday.
A female baseball broadcaster on the radio is a rare event. Suzyn Waldman has been color commentator on Yankees games since 2005. Waldman also recalls announcing a Mets-Astros game on the radio in the 1990s. A Rockies inquiry of MLB officials and historians did not unearth another case of a female announcer doing an NL game.
Rockies center fielder admits he welcomed demotion
By Thomas Harding
PHOENIX -- Outfielder Drew Stubbs can smile again, now that he returned to the Rockies on Thursday, after six weeks at Triple-A Albuquerque. And he can admit that he welcomed the demotion.
Stubbs began the year hitting .118 with 31 strikeouts in 56 at-bats before being sent down on May 20. He didn't remotely resemble the player who had a career year in 2014 (.289 average, .339 on-base percentage, 15 home runs, 43 RBIs) and signed a one-year, $5.83 million contract to avoid arbitration. Stubbs, who had more than five years of service time going into the season, accepted the demotion.
PHOENIX -- Often, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado peeks at his own defensive plays on the replay board, usually because even he has to see just how he made them. Thursday night, he had to look to see what the heck happened.
A tie game with the D-backs degenerated into an 8-1 loss after Arenado flubbed a grounder straight at him with one on and two out in the sixth. David Peralta followed with a two-run triple off Chris Rusin, and the game soon became a rout.
PHOENIX -- Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven innings of one-run ball and the offense gave him more than enough support, as the D-backs took the series opener against the Rockies, 8-1, on Thursday night at Chase Field.
David Peralta put the D-backs ahead, 3-1, in the sixth with a two-run triple. In the seventh, Yasmany Tomas and Aaron Hill each added a two-run double to break it open. Hellickson allowed just three hits and struck out six with no walks.
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.
Bettis (4-3) threw 111 pitches in 5 2/3 innings. But despite two leadoff triples and a one-out double, and in the face of seven hits and four walks, the right-hander limited the Athletics to just three runs.
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.
OAKLAND -- Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa tossed seven scoreless innings against the A's, leading the Rockies to a 2-1 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night and evening the three-game series.
De La Rosa -- who left his last start after five innings with a cut on his middle finger, and dealt with swelling and numbness Tuesday -- limited the A's to four hits, striking out four and walking four, one of which was intentional.
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.
Hawkins was in his first ninth-inning save chance since April 12 because regular Rockies closer John Axford was away with an undisclosed family matter. Axford has been dealing with the aftermath of his son being bitten by a rattlesnake during Spring Training. Manager Walt Weiss said Axford's son was doing well, but Axford needed to be home.
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 Rockies promoted shortstop prospect Trevor Story from Double-A New Britain, where he hit .281 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs, to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.
Having a a prized shortstop -- Story, 22, was a supplemental first-round pick, 45th overall, in 2011 out of Irving (Texas) High School -- so close to the Majors sparks yet another round of speculation about whether the club is looking to deal high-priced veteran Troy Tulowitzki. But general manager Jeff Bridich, when asked, focused on the development of Story.
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.
Right-hander Kendall Graveman tossed seven scoreless innings in the win, allowing just five hits. The A's tallied nine hits against Rockies right-hander David Hale, including a pair of two-out, two-run homers from Reddick and Davis in the first inning. Butler led off the fourth with a solo shot and also hit an RBI double off Christian Friedrich in the eighth, finishing a triple shy of the cycle.
OAKLAND -- The Rockies have sent left-handed pitcher Tyler Matzek home for a break as his effort to shake dramatic control issues continues.
"We've been working so hard with him, we've gone through different steps to the point where we feel like he needs a blow," Rockies director of pitching operations Mark Wiley said Monday. "It's not a monster thing. We're just giving him some time off to regroup while we decide where we want to go and how we're going to attack it from here."
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.
Duffy tripled in his first at-bat, doubled in his second and homered in his third to help the Giants win for the fifth time in their last seven games at home. Bumgarner, who also slugged his second homer of the season in the seventh, allowed five hits and two walks while striking out eight Rockies in his first win since June 6. He also made some history as the youngest pitcher in San Francisco Giants history to reach 1,000 career strikeouts.
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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 -- 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.
Hawkins missed seven weeks earlier in the year with right biceps tendinitis, so extra recovery time for his 42-year-old arm is reality. He didn't even pick up a baseball Friday, when the Rockies won a wild, 8-6 decision, and manager Walt Weiss didn't make him an option during Saturday's 7-5 loss. He faced one batter Sunday and struck him out to end the sixth inning.
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.
Arenado pulled a 1-1 changeup from Giants star lefty Madison Bumgarner into the left-field seats with one on for a 2-0 first-inning lead. In the ninth, he went deep off Sergio Romo to increase his homer total to 24 and his RBIs to a Majors-leading 68.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Andrew Susac's three-run double in the seventh inning helped the Giants win for the seventh time in their last 11 games, 7-5, over the Rockies on Saturday at AT&T Park.
Matt Duffy, who homered in the fifth off Rockies starter Chris Rusin, doubled to end a seven-pitch at-bat against reliever Rafael Betancourt (2-3), and Buster Posey was intentionally walked to load the bases for Susac's double into the left-field corner.
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.
Arenado, who has a 13-game hit streak, homered off starter Tim Hudson (5-7) for three runs in the top of the sixth and added his 22nd homer -- a solo shot off Mike Broadway -- for an important run in the ninth. Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon each extended hit streaks to 10 games, and the offense had 17 hits.