Slowing the game down, Arenado cuts down on strikeouts

Slowing the game down, Arenado cuts down on strikeouts

DENVER -- Third baseman Nolan Arenado has always had the ability to make consistent contact. And while they have never been high, his strikeout totals have been minimal this season.

Entering Friday, Arenado had three strikeouts in 58 plate appearances, an average of one every 19.3 times he stepped in the batters' box. As a rookie in 2013, Arenado averaged one strikeout every 7.1 plate appearances, and last year, he averaged one strikeout every 8.1 plate appearances.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Anniversary of Coors Field opener brings back memories

Bichette's heroics set tone for Rockies in magical Wild Card season

Anniversary of Coors Field opener brings back memories

Twenty years ago Sunday, the Rockies unveiled Coors Field and proclaimed their identity.

An expansion team heading into its third year of existence went from a roster of castoffs to a factor to be dealt with in the National League West.

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Rockies give Tulowitzki day off in series opener

Team has plan to rest oft-injured shortstop regularly throughout season

Rockies give Tulowitzki day off 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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Lyles notches solid outing but looks to improve further

Righty allows one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings vs. Padres

Lyles notches solid outing but looks to improve further

DENVER -- Rockies right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles will not let the celebrated difficulty of pitching at Coors Field lower his standards.

Lyles was solid for 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Padres at Coors Field, which gave the Rockies a split of a four-game set that started with two losses.

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Dickerson homers again to lead Rockies to series split

Dickerson homers again to lead Rockies to series split

DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson homered for the third time in the past two games and right-hander Jordan Lyles forced 10 outs along the ground in a season-high 6 2/3 innings as the Rockies beat the Padres, 2-1, at Coors Field on Thursday in front of 31,676 to earn a split of the four-game series.

"We got the last two games of the series, and that was huge," said Lyles, who held the Padres to six hits -- all singles -- and one run. "We fought back."

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Rockies' rested bullpen performs well vs. Padres

With closer Ottavino out with soreness, manager Weiss feels comfortable turning to Axford

Rockies' rested bullpen performs well vs. Padres

DENVER -- When the Rockies' bullpen has enough rest, manager Walt Weiss has enough talent to give one of his finest relievers a day off.

Before Thursday's finale of a four-game set with the Padres, closer Adam Ottavino informed Weiss he was dealing with slight soreness in his right triceps. Weiss simply turned to John Axford, who fanned two in the ninth to preserve a 2-1 victory.

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Bergman adjusting well to multiple roles

Righty made 10 starts last season but feels accepted by Rockies' bullpen

Bergman adjusting well to multiple roles

DENVER -- Rockies righty Christian Bergman still plays catch with starters Kyle Kendrick and Tyler Matzek, but he also feels accepted by the bullpen society.

"If I haven't, they're hiding it pretty well," said Bergman, who is getting used to being the pitcher with many roles.

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Rockies walk off on Descalso's hit in ninth, halt skid

Rockies walk off on Descalso's hit in ninth, halt skid

DENVER -- Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso delivered a bases-loaded single over a five-man, drawn-in infield with one out in the bottom of the ninth as the Rockies ended their losing streak at five games, edging the Padres, 5-4, at Coors Field on Wednesday night.

Corey Dickerson homered twice, in the first off Padres starter James Shields and in the eighth off Joaquin Benoit to tie it at 4. The Rockies loaded the bases in the ninth against Shawn Kelley (0-2) to set up Descalso, a former Cardinal who signed a two-year, $3.6 million contract during the offseason for veteran know-how off the bench.

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Arenado's dazzling 'D' once again on display

Rockies' Gold Glove third baseman saves multiple runs with sparkling performance

Arenado's dazzling 'D' once again on display

DENVER -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado had his left wrist wrapped in a mini ice boulder. But when that hand had a glove on it, it was hot throughout Wednesday night's 5-4 victory over the Padres.

After missing the past two games with left wrist soreness, Arenado made four dazzling fielding plays. One of them, a dive for a Wil Myers grounder that ended the seventh and likely saved two runs, had much to do with the final result -- the end of the Rockies' losing streak at five games.

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Battling foot issue, even-keeled Dickerson swats pair of HRs

Rejoining Rockies' starting lineup, outfielder's second blast ties game in eighth

Battling foot issue, even-keeled Dickerson swats pair of HRs

DENVER -- Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson stays cool.

He has plantar fasciitis in his left foot, has had it since late Spring Training. The pain caused him to leave Monday's game and miss much of Tuesday's. Truth is, he still has it, but it doesn't worry him. Returning to the starting lineup Wednesday to face Padres ace James Shields didn't faze him.

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To add arm to 'pen, Rockies option Rosario to Triple-A

Dickerson, Arenado back in lineup; Axford activated, Hawkins placed on DL

To add arm to 'pen, Rockies option Rosario to Triple-A

DENVER -- Needing to bolster a tired bullpen and uncertain that third baseman Nolan Arenado and outfielder Corey Dickerson are healthy, the Rockies sent right-handed-hitting Wilin Rosario to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday.

Rosario has hit .357 with one home run -- a game-winner at Milwaukee in the season's second game -- and two RBIs as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman.

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Axford brings son home for first time since snakebite

Rockies reliever activated off restricted list

Axford brings son home for first time since snakebite

DENVER -- Activated from the restricted list, Rockies righty reliever John Axford celebrated bringing his 2 1/2-year-old son home Wednesday for the first time in the four weeks since he was bitten twice on the right foot by a rattlesnake.

Wednesday night's 5-4 win over the Padres marked Axford's first in uniform since he went on the family medical emergency leave list April 12 and the restricted list seven days later. Axford was away from the team helping his son, Jameson, transfer from a hospital in Arizona, where he was at the time of the snakebite, to Denver.

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Helton holds lead in Rockies Franchise Four voting

Helton holds lead in Rockies Franchise Four voting

DENVER -- Todd Helton, Larry Walker, Troy Tulowitzki and Andres Galarraga … if the Rockies ever placed those names on the same lineup card, the offensive firepower would be hard to match.

Those four, in that order are the leaders as of the first tabulation of the Rockies MLB.com "Franchise Four" -- the four most impactful players in team history, as voted by fans. Also on the Rockies' ballot are Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla, Carlos Gonzalez and Matt Holliday.

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Bullpen can't hold lead as Rockies drop fifth straight

Bullpen can't hold lead as Rockies drop fifth straight

DENVER -- Derek Norris' two-run double broke an eighth-inning tie and gave the Padres their third straight victory -- 7-6 at Coors Field on Tuesday night over the Rockies, who have lost five straight.

The Padres entered the eighth trailing, 5-3. Yangervis Solarte and Wil Myers delivered RBI singles off Boone Logan (0-1). In between, Logan fielded an Alexi Amarista squeeze bunt attempt and cut down a runner at the plate. But Norris doubled to right-center just past the outstretched glove of Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon, giving the Padres the lead and reliever Brandon Maurer (1-0) the win.

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Tracy Ringolsby

For Rockies to thrive, starters must give 'pen a breather

For Rockies to thrive, starters must give 'pen a breather

DENVER -- The Rockies want to see signs of encouragement.

Their No. 1 starter, Jorge De La Rosa, did come off the disabled list and rejoined the rotation Monday.

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Amid rough patch, Rockies keeping level heads

Club gives up lead, falls to 1-4 at Coors Field

Amid rough patch, Rockies keeping level heads

DENVER -- The Rockies, who often depend on trips home to ignite them, refused to question themselves after losing their fifth straight -- and fourth straight at Coors Field -- 7-6 to the Padres on Tuesday night.

"No one said this thing was going to be this easy," Troy Tulowitzki said. "We started off well, but we knew we were going to go through a time when it was going to be rough. We didn't know it was going to be so quick."

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Dickerson, Arenado held out of starting lineup

Outfielder dealing with left foot plantar fasciitis, while third baseman has sore left wrist

Dickerson, Arenado held out of starting lineup

DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson, who left Monday night's game with left foot plantar fasciitis, and third baseman Nolan Arenado, scratched just before Monday's game because of a sore left wrist, said they felt better Tuesday, but manager Walt Weiss kept them out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Padres.

Dickerson had been playing with the injury since the final week of Spring Training, and said he could've played Tuesday. He will continue with maintenance treatments and would consider an anti-inflammatory shot if it grew worse.

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CarGo donates $100K to Boys & Girls Clubs

Rockies outfielder notes importance of education

CarGo donates $100K to Boys & Girls Clubs

DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, through his charitable foundation, donated $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver on Tuesday. Gonzalez and his family made the presentation during a ceremony in the Rockies' dugout at Coors Field before the game against the Padres.

Gonzalez said he garnered support from several Denver-area corporations to help with the donation. In 2014, Gonzalez's foundation raised money for Denver Kids (which assists Denver Public Schools), the Denver Advocacy Center and the Boys & Girls Clubs, and will begin working with organizations in his home country of Venezuela, according to the foundation's website.

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Colo. fifth grader among 'Breaking Barriers' prize winners

Aidan Hamilton has overcome epilepsy and autism to become excellent student

Colo. fifth grader among 'Breaking Barriers' prize winners

LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Bethlehem Lutheran School fifth-grader Aidan Hamilton would love to become a broadcaster when he grows up.

"I never stop speaking," Aidan said.

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Overamped De La Rosa 'ambushed' by Padres

Rockies starter allows nine runs (seven earned) in two innings of season debut

Overamped De La Rosa 'ambushed' by Padres

DENVER -- Jorge De La Rosa was in trouble from the beginning Monday as he made his delayed entry into the 2015 season, a start that was brief and for the wrong reasons also was historic.

The Padres pounded the Rockies, 14-3, doing most of their damage against De La Rosa, the Rockies' top starter whose success at Coors Field has defied belief. He began the season on the disabled list with a left groin strain, and after two rehab starts at Triple-A Albuquerque, De La Rosa was activated Monday.

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De La Rosa's debut spoiled by Padres' barrage

De La Rosa's debut spoiled by Padres' barrage

DENVER -- The Padres arrived in Coors Field with their bats a-blazing, scoring all they needed in a five-run first and three times scoring more runs in an inning than the Rockies scored all night Monday. San Diego took the series opener, 14-3, hitting the Rockies hard in a park where they dominated the Friars in 2014.

The nine runs in the first two innings spoiled the return of Rockies southpaw Jorge De La Rosa, who opened the season on the disabled list with a left groin strain.

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Rockies go with shorter 'pen after sending down Oberg

Long man Bergman makes Weiss comfortable with seven relievers

Rockies go with shorter 'pen after sending down Oberg

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies began a seven-game homestand Monday with seven relievers in their bullpen, down one after Scott Oberg was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster for Jorge De La Rosa.

De La Rosa began the season on the disabled list with a left groin strain, and after making two rehab starts, he was activated to start Monday vs. the Padres. He allowed nine runs (seven earned) in two innings.

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Tulo's sixth-inning at-bat encapsulates missed chances

With two men on and one out, Rockies shortstop hits into double play

Tulo's sixth-inning at-bat encapsulates missed chances

LOS ANGELES -- The Rockies had their chance Sunday afternoon in the sixth against Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy -- no outs, two on, with stars Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki hitting and a two-run deficit.

But Gonzalez managed just a pop fly to shortstop, and Tulowitzki -- after fouling off a couple of rare pitches up in the zone during a seven-pitch at-bat -- grounded to McCarthy to start a double play. The Rockies wound up losing, 7-0.

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Dickerson joins Arenado on bench with ailment

Outfielder departs with plantar fasciitis; third baseman has sore wrist

Dickerson joins Arenado on bench with ailment

DENVER -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was scratched from the lineup Monday due to a sore left wrist and is listed as day to day. And left fielder Corey Dickerson, who has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, left the game after running out a ground ball to end the third inning of a 14-3 loss to the Padres.

Arenado had started the Rockies' previous 12 games and had played all but one inning. He was lifted in the bottom of the ninth inning April 6 at Milwaukee, where the Rockies opened the 2015 season with a 10-0 victory.

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Axford moved to restricted list as he continues to care for son

Rockies pitcher's toddler is recovering from rattlesnake bite

Axford moved to restricted list as he continues to care for son

LOS ANGELES -- The Rockies moved right-handed relief pitcher John Axford to the restricted list, which means he can continue to care for his son, who is recovering from a rattlesnake bite. Axford can be activated at any point.

The club had to make the move Sunday, when Axford's time on the family emergency medical leave list expired. Axford's 2 1/2-year-old son, Jameson, was bitten twice on the right foot by a rattlesnake during Spring Training in Arizona. Axford was put on leave April 12 so he could help as his son was transferred from an Arizona hospital to one in the Denver area.

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Rockies fall victim to Dodgers' homer binge in sixth

Rockies fall victim to Dodgers' homer binge in sixth

LOS ANGELES -- The first-place Dodgers' win streak reached seven games Sunday as Brandon McCarthy threw six scoreless innings and Scott Van Slyke and Justin Turner had three extra-base hits each in a 7-0 victory over the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

Van Slyke had a pair of doubles and the second of the three home runs the Dodgers hit in the five-run sixth inning off reliever Scott Oberg. The others were hit by Howie Kendrick and Joc Pederson. Van Slyke's long ball came after Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau missed his foul popup for an error. Van Slyke and Pederson also had RBI doubles in the second inning. Turner tied a career high with four hits, three doubles. More >

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Starters making adjustments to take load off bullpen

Rockies pitching coach Foster looking for positive signs in early stats

Starters making adjustments to take load off bullpen

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies first-year pitching coach Steve Foster refuses to operate as if the clock is ticking on his staff.

Foster understands that the early-season performance has produced ominous signs. Going into Sunday's finale of three games with the Dodgers, Rockies starters had the highest walks per nine innings, the 12th-most pitches per batter faced and the fifth-fewest innings.

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LeMahieu's homer not enough vs. streaking Dodgers

LeMahieu's homer not enough vs. streaking Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Torrid Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs and Howie Kendrick had a pair of doubles as the Dodgers win streak reached six games with a 6-3 victory over the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Saturday night. More >

Zack Greinke got the win, despite being chased with a two-run homer by DJ LeMahieu with two out in the top of the seventh inning. Since joining the Dodgers, Greinke is 6-1 against Colorado and 20-1 against the NL West, while the Dodgers are 43-20 in his starts.

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LeMahieu off to hot start, but regrets missed opportunities

Rockies' second baseman hits homer, but commits defensive miscue

LeMahieu off to hot start, but regrets missed opportunities

LOS ANGELES -- Any successful player known for his cool-headedness has a fire that folks overlook. DJ LeMahieu used his to burn Dodgers star pitcher Zack Greinke for a seventh-inning, two-run homer in the Rockies' 6-3 loss Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

"I knew I was probably his last batter, and I didn't want him to leave the game having a good taste in his mouth -- that's really all I was thinking," said LeMahieu, who, with the homer, has hit safely in 10 of the team's 11 games.

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Blackmon trying to go deeper into counts this season

Rockies leadoff hitter is hoping new approach will help teammates

Blackmon trying to go deeper into counts this season

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon is seeing more pitches this year, hoping it will be beneficial to his teammates.

Through the first 10 games going into his start Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, Blackmon saw 4.13 pitches per plate appearance, an increase over the 3.58 average he saw last year -- his first in the top spot in the order.

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