Arenado hits No. 41 as Rockies take opener

Arenado hits No. 41 as Rockies take opener

DENVER -- Battling for the National League home run title, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado helped fend off Chris Carter and the Brewers in Colorado's 4-1 win on Friday at Coors Field.

Arenado drove his 41st homer of the season -- a two-run shot -- over the center-field fence in the first inning, and the Rockies never looked back. Carter brought the Brewers closer with a fourth-inning leadoff homer, his 40th, but that was all the offense Milwaukee could manage. Arenado and Carter are now Nos. 1 and 2 in the NL for home runs, with the Cubs' Kris Bryant trailing close behind with 39 homers. Arenado was tied with Bryce Harper for the NL lead last season with 42.

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Weiss out to ensure LeMahieu's batting title

Rockies manager removed second baseman after 0-for-2 start

Weiss out to ensure LeMahieu's batting title

DENVER -- With the National League batting title in hand, DJ LeMahieu exited the Rockies' 4-1 win over the Brewers on Friday after the third inning. It will likely be the last time LeMahieu plays all season, as he effectively clinches the National League batting title.

LeMahieu started the game 0-for-2 with a fielder's choice and fly out but still leads Nationals infielder Daniel Murphy .3478 to .3472. Murphy is battling a left gluteal strain and hasn't played since Sept. 20 or started since Sept. 17.

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Parra eyes return to form after disappointing '16

Rockies' free-agent signing struggled with injuries throughout season

Parra eyes return to form after disappointing '16

DENVER -- A couple of nights ago in San Francisco, the Rockies' Gerardo Parra limp down the first-base line after a fly ball that ended a threat. Then he ripped off his batting helmet and tossed it to the sky.

Finally, on Friday, he tossed this season away and began hoping for a new, less painful day. After an MRI on Friday morning, Parra received a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in a left ankle that cost him 46 games because of a high sprain. It never fully healed, so doctors placed his foot in a walking boot, which prohibited him from playing in the final three games.

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Hoffman set for spot start against Brewers

Hoffman set for spot start against Brewers

With Tyler Anderson scratched due to left arm soreness, rookie right-hander Jeff Hoffman will take the mound for the Rockies as they face Wily Peralta and the Brewers on Saturday night at Coors Field.

Hoffman has struggled in five previous starts this season that saw him allow 27 runs (15 earned) over 22 1/3 innings. The Rockies moved him to the bullpen on Sept. 19 to clear a rotation spot for fellow rookie German Marquez and limit Hoffman's innings, and the right-hander has limited opponents to one run over four innings in two outings.

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Early lead slips away from Rockies in road finale

Early lead slips away from Rockies in road finale

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants got everything they needed Thursday night. They reclaimed some of their lost offense, received a strong performance from starter Johnny Cueto and recorded a much-needed victory with a 7-2 decision over the Colorado Rockies.

Cueto's deft bunt single and an accompanying throwing error by Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado accounted for two runs in San Francisco's three-run, sixth-inning outburst that broke a 2-2 tie.

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Gray's season-ending start goes awry in sixth

Gray's season-ending start goes awry in sixth

SAN FRANCISCO -- The purple athletic tape around Rockies rookie pitcher Jon Gray's right ankle, which he wore long after Thursday's game was done, was a reminder of a hurtful sixth inning in a 7-2 loss to the Giants.

The pain started early in the sixth, when leadoff man Brandon Crawford smashed a hard bouncer off Gray's ankle. Gray compounded the problem with a throwing error that put Crawford at second.

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Rockies, Weiss to discuss future next week

Rockies, Weiss to discuss future next week

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich offered no hints on the future of manager Walt Weiss, whose three-year contract expires when the season ends Sunday, but a decision will come after the two meet next week.

Weiss has managed the club for four seasons and this year, with the team 74-85 after Thursday night's loss to the Giants and needing one win to have his best season. It is the Rockies' sixth straight losing season.

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Chatwood silences Wild Card-hopeful Giants

Chatwood silences Wild Card-hopeful Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- After the Reds held off a late Cardinals rally Wednesday night, the Giants were in prime position to extend their lead on St. Louis in the National League Wild Card standings. But Tyler Chatwood had other plans.

The Rockies' right-hander threw eight scoreless innings and Nolan Arenado knocked in the go-ahead run in the fourth as Colorado outlasted San Francisco, 2-0, at AT&T Park. The Giants' loss coupled with a Mets win moved the club 1 1/ 2 games behind New York for first place in the NL Wild Card race. San Francisco remained a full game in front of St. Louis, in the lead for the second spot.

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Gray on the fast track to become a true ace

Gray on the fast track to become a true ace

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies rookie right-handed pitcher Jon Gray's start Thursday night at AT&T Park serves as a chance to hurt the Giants' postseason hopes, but he has too much on his mind to care about that.

"There are a lot of things I'm focused on before the season is over," said Gray, who will make his 29th and final start of the season. "I really want to have good fastball command tomorrow. If I can locate that, I know the other pitches will be effective. That's what I did in my side this week, just getting in line, commanding both sides of the plate so guys won't be able to sit one side or the other."

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Chatwood closes '16 with club-record road ERA

Chatwood closes '16 with club-record road ERA

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tyler Chatwood stomped behind the mound at AT&T Park and broke the silence with an emphatic, "Yes." It was the odd soundtrack to the Rockies' 2-0 victory Wednesday night over a Giants team fighting for a National League Wild Card spot.

His Rockies leading by two runs in the seventh, Chatwood walked Giants seventh-inning leadoff man, Brandon Belt, to bring the home crowd alive. Then Chatwood forced Buster Posey into a double play to bring the silence that let his voice be heard.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Road sweet road for Chatwood

Right-hander's 1.69 ERA away from Coors Field best in history for Rockies starter

Stats of the Day: Road sweet road for Chatwood

Here are three interesting items from around the big leagues on Wednesday …

• Pitching in San Francisco, Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood worked eight scoreless frames and picked up the win in a 2-0 decision. In 13 road starts this season, Chatwood is 8-1 with a 1.69 ERA. In Rockies history, the lowest road ERA (minimum 10 road starts) previously had been Jhoulys Chacin's 2.44 in 2013. In the live-ball era, Chatwood's 1.69 road ERA ranks tied for the 26th lowest with Mort Cooper (1942), Ron Guidry ('78) and Vern Ruhle ('80). The 2.18 difference between Chatwood's overall ERA (3.87) and his road ERA stands as one of the biggest (on the positive side) since '20. Among pitchers with at least 10 road starts in a season, the only two differences that were wider than Chatwood's: Kyle Davies' 2.61 in 2009 and Ike Delock's 2.27 in 1960.

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Marquez roughed up as Rockies fall to Giants

Marquez roughed up as Rockies fall to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey and Hunter Pence hit solo homers as part of an offensive onslaught and Matt Moore was almost untouchable on the mound, as the Giants kept pace in the National League Wild Card race with a 12-3 win over the Rockies on Tuesday night.

After allowing six runs in one-plus inning in his previous outing against the Dodgers, Moore showcased why the Giants acquired him before the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Taking the ball to open San Francisco's final homestand of the season, the left-hander surrendered one run in 7 2/3 innings while matching a career high with 11 strikeouts.

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Rockies aim to protect LeMahieu's batting title

Rockies aim to protect LeMahieu's batting title

SAN FRANCISCO -- A batting title is nice, but Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu would rather that not be the biggest item on his list.

LeMahieu went 1-for-4 in Tuesday night's 12-3 loss to open a three-game series with the Giants at AT&T Park, and has a .349 average, two points ahead of the Nationals' Daniel Murphy. Problem is with Murphy having not started since Sept. 17 and not played since Sept. 20 with a nagging left glute strain, LeMahieu could injure his chances by doing what he likes most -- competing.

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Jim Callis

Rox's instructs highlights depth of farm system

Top-five picks Rodgers, Pint on hand for Colorado's unique instructional league

Rox's instructs highlights depth of farm system

The Rockies may have had their best year ever for rookies in 2016. Tyler Anderson, David Dahl, Carlos Estevez, Jon Gray, Trevor Story and Tony Wolters all graduated to Coors Field this season. Jeff Hoffman, German Marquez and Raimel Tapia also made their big league debuts, while Tom Murphy showed impressive power for the second straight September.

Nevertheless, Colorado's farm system remains one of the deepest in baseball. And much of that talent is on display in its instructional league program in Scottsdale, Ariz., which began Sept. 20 and will conclude Oct. 9. Twenty members of MLBPipeline.com's Rockies Top 30 Prospects list are on hand, including recent top-five overall picks Brendan Rodgers (No. 3 in the 2015 Draft) and Riley Pint (No. 4 in '16).

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Inbox: What is Weiss' future with Rockies?

Beat reporter Thomas Harding answers Colorado fans' questions

Inbox: What is Weiss' future with Rockies?

SAN FRANCISCO -- With the season ending soon, let's get right to your questions.

Does Walt Weiss deserve to keep his job? Is the lack of bullpen due to his managerial skills?
-- @dustincthomason

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Rockies fall in extras after Anderson's gem

Rockies fall in extras after Anderson's gem

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers gave Vin Scully a championship sendoff in his final Dodger Stadium broadcast, as reserve Charlie Culberson blasted a two-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning on Sunday to clinch a fourth consecutive National League West crown with a 4-3 win over the Rockies.

The clubs traded home runs with two outs in the ninth inning, with David Dahl giving the Rockies a 3-2 lead with a homer off closer Kenley Jansen, and then Corey Seager tying the game and earning a curtain call with a blast off Adam Ottavino. Culberson's home run, off Boone Logan, was his first since 2014.

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Rockies recall Fernandez's smile, joy for game

Rockies recall Fernandez's smile, joy for game

LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Gonzalez's glowing smile was mostly absent on Sunday morning. It only showed when he remembered the beam of the late Jose Fernandez, the Marlins' 24-year-old star pitcher who was tragically killed in a boating accident.

Gonzalez's favorite smile from Fernandez came, fittingly, at a time when most people would've thought he had no reason to smile.

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Arenado hopes to get Vin's signature on 40-HR bat

'I can put that bat away as one of the best memories I've had,' Rockies 3B says

Arenado hopes to get Vin's signature on 40-HR bat

LOS ANGELES -- The Rockies' Nolan Arenado put his game preparation aside Friday night and absorbed the ceremony for Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, whom he watched and listened to while growing up in Southern California. Then Arenado sent Scully the gift of his power, hoping Scully will send him a signature.

And in the sixth inning, when Arenado hit his 40th homer of the season to put his name in historic category, Scully was still on his mind.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: Howe reflects on his 7 trips to the postseason

Q&A: Howe reflects on his 7 trips to the postseason

Art Howe came out of the University of Wyoming figuring his dreams of becoming a professional athlete weren't going to come true. He returned home to Pittsburgh, went to work and played baseball in weekend leagues for the fun of it.

Then, at the age of 24, a Pirates scout saw enough of Howe to offer him a contract, and his dream came true.

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Arenado joins 'elite' 3B club with 40th homer

Arenado joins 'elite' 3B club with 40th homer

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado became the third third baseman in history to have multiple 40-homer seasons before turning 26 when he went deep against the Dodgers' Josh Fields in the sixth inning of Friday night's 5-2 loss at Dodger Stadium.

Arenado's homer, which cut the Dodgers' lead to 4-1, also made him the fourth Rockies player to have multiple 40-homer seasons. He joined Andres Galarraga, Todd Helton and Vinny Castilla, who is with the club as a special assistant to the general manager. Castilla did it three straight years, 1996-98.

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Weiss not speculating on future with Rockies

Weiss not speculating on future with Rockies

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss has starred in several stories speculating which managers won't return for 2017, but Weiss won't participate in the rumors because he holds at least part of the answer.

Weiss's two-year contract is up at the end of this season, his fourth managing the club. The Rockies would have to go on a borderline miracle to finish for his first above-.500 season, but what looks to be a solid third-place finish in the National League West -- in a year when the club went into August in contending position -- represents improvement.

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Rockies can't solve Kershaw, lose 3rd straight

Rockies can't solve Kershaw, lose 3rd straight

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers trimmed their magic number to one to clinch a fourth consecutive division title by crushing the Rockies on Saturday night, 14-1, with Clayton Kershaw firing seven scoreless innings and Josh Reddick blasting a grand slam.

The Dodgers are assured of no worse than a one-game tiebreaker on Monday, Oct. 3. If the Dodgers win the National League West, they would play the NL East champion Nationals in the NL Division Series. Washington has a 1 1/2-game lead over the Dodgers for home-field advantage in that matchup. They can clinch the division with a win Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium in the final home game to be broadcast by retiring legend Vin Scully.

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Arenado's 40th homer not enough to top LA

Arenado's 40th homer not enough to top LA

LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully Appreciation Night started with an emotional pregame tribute for the retiring Hall of Fame announcer and ended with a 5-2 Dodgers win over the Rockies on Friday night, cutting their magic number to win the National League West to two while extending the lead over the Giants to seven games with eight to play.

The NL West champion will play the NL East champion in the NL Division Series. The Dodgers trail Washington for home-field advantage by 1 1/2 games.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Starting at bottom, Gray rises to top of rotation

Rockies rookie didn't win until 14th start, but he has best Coors game ever

Starting at bottom, Gray rises to top of rotation

The moment is permanently etched in Colorado Rockies right-hander Jon Gray's memory.

Winless in 11 big league starts, having allowed 11 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings in his first two starts this season, Gray began start No. 3 by giving up back-to-back singles to Jon Jay and Wil Myers in San Diego to open the bottom of the first inning May 2, and Matt Kemp doubled them home.

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Rockies put on a show for fan's 100th birthday

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Rockies put on a show for fan's 100th birthday

The Rockies played spoiler in the Cardinals' quest for the NL Wild Card on Wednesday, topping St. Louis, 11-1. Colorado had a pair of five-run innings and racked up 12 hits, including two home runs: Tom Murphy's three-run shot in the seventh inning and Nolan Arenado's emphatic grand slam in the third.

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Rockies let game slip away in tense late innings

Rockies let game slip away in tense late innings

LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully Weekend at Dodger Stadium doesn't officially start until Friday, but the Dodgers got the celebration started early Thursday night with a 7-4 comeback win over Colorado, Yasmani Grandal's two homers cutting the magic number to win the National League West to four.

Trailing 4-1, the Dodgers scored one run on a pair of misplays in the sixth inning, then erupted for five in the seventh. One scored on a bases-loaded walk to Adrian Gonzalez by Boone Logan, then Grandal blasted his second career grand slam and his 27th homer of the season after his solo shot in the second inning. Grandal also had a missed fly ball ruled a double and a single in four plate appearances.

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Big blasts power Marquez to first career win

Big blasts power Marquez to first career win

DENVER -- German Marquez was exceptional in his first Major League start, and Nolan Arenado's grand slam powered the Rockies past the Cardinals, 11-1, at Coors Field on Wednesday. The loss kept the Cardinals tied with the Giants and Mets for the two National League Wild Card spots.

Marquez baffled the Cardinals over five frames, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out three and walked one, with the only damage coming on Kolten Wong's second-inning sacrifice fly. Marquez was especially effective when he kept the ball low; he recorded six groundouts and two flyouts.

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RBI-leader Arenado's slam catalyzes Rockies

Third baseman needs two runs batted in to match career high from 2015

RBI-leader Arenado's slam catalyzes Rockies

DENVER -- Even if his name doesn't appear high on voters' lists for the National League Most Valuable Player Award, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is happy to just keep contributing for his team.

Wednesday was no exception, as he led the way offensively in the Rockies' 11-1 win over the Cardinals with a grand slam in a 2-for-3 afternoon at Coors Field.

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Cole OK, but sits after being hit during BP

Batted ball richocheted off another before striking Rockies' third-base coach

Cole OK, but sits after being hit during BP

DENVER -- Rockies third-base coach Stu Cole was taken to the hospital after being struck in the head by a ball while throwing batting practice prior to Tuesday night's 10-5 loss to the Cardinals. Tests were negative, and Cole returned to Coors Field before the end of the game and met with the other coaches.

Infielder Cristhian Adames was fielding ground balls and tossed one in, but that ball ricocheted off a batted ball and hit Cole. Cole rejoined the team Wednesday, but he will not resume coaching until Thursday's game in Los Angeles.

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Cardinals, Rockies battle it out in the form of a pregame standoff

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Cardinals, Rockies battle it out in the form of a pregame standoff

Before Wednesday's Cardinals-Rockies game had even begun, St. Louis had already tallied a win. Well, when it comes to anthem standoffs, anyway. Perhaps inspired by the Brewers and Reds last week, or, you know, any anthem standoff in the past decade, the Rockies' Carlos Estevez and the Cardinals' Jose Martinez heard the song end … and then they just kept standing there. 

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