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. The Rockies had built their lead in part on Nick Hundley's RBI triple in the fourth and Blackmon's two-run triple in the fifth.

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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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Tulo, Blackmon homer, but road win streak snapped at six

Tulo, Blackmon homer, but road win streak snapped at six

LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick homered and doubled, Adrian Gonzalez had a pair of RBI doubles and Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 in six innings of a 7-3 win over the Rockies on Friday night at Dodger Stadium, extending the Dodgers' win streak to five games and snapping Colorado's road win streak at six.

Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon homered off Kershaw, with two of the three Colorado runs unearned. Kershaw is 5-0 in his last five starts against the Rockies, including a no-hitter. Starter Kyle Kendrick went 4 2/3 innings for the Rockies and was charged with six runs on seven hits.

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Tulowitzki sees improved attitude among teammates

Rockies' road win streak was snapped, but shortstop sees positives

Tulowitzki sees improved attitude among teammates

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowtizki was hopeful as he tested his bats Friday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, and he insisted he would feel that way at night's end.

"Off the field, the questions [the younger players] come up to me [with] in the locker room and talk to me about or when they text me at night, those questions are impressive for some young kids," Tulowitzki said."Those questions aren't about, 'How do I become a better player myself?' It's, 'How do we win around here?'"

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New Rox catcher Hundley's leadership skills paying off

Veteran backstop also delivering at the plate

New Rox catcher Hundley's leadership skills paying off

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies catcher Nick Hundley has led young pitchers as advertised, and he has performed better than expected as he begins a two-year, $6.25 million contract.

Hundley has started seven of the first nine games, and the club is 6-1 with him behind the plate. He handled a smooth outing -- a 10-0 Opening Day victory over the Brewers, led by starter Kyle Kendrick's seven no-walk innings.

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Matzek overcomes early jitters, cruises to pick up first win

Rox starters hold Giants to 1 run in series sweep

Matzek overcomes early jitters, cruises to pick up first win

SAN FRANCISCO -- While Rockies fans likely worried about lefty Tyler Matzek's scattershot control for the first two innings Wednesday night, he experienced peace -- and trust -- in the dugout.

"For the most part, it's a quick 'Good job,' or 'Let's think about doing this next time,' but not much," said Matzek, who confirmed the Rockies' belief that he'd find a way. He did, settling down for six solid innings of one-run ball in a 4-2 victory that completed a three-game sweep at AT&T Park and ran the Rockies to 6-0 on the road.

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Arenado's big blast carries Rox to sweep of Giants

Arenado's big blast carries Rox to sweep of Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- A night after showing his two-time Rawlings Gold Glove prowess with a stunning catch, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado showed he can hit as well.

Arenado's three-run, first-inning homer lifted the Rockies past the Giants, 4-2, for their sixth win in as many road games. It completed just the Rockies' fourth sweep of a series at AT&T Park since it opened in 2000.

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De La Rosa set to rejoin rotation Monday vs. Padres

Rockies lefty has been sidelined with left groin strain

De La Rosa set to rejoin rotation Monday vs. Padres

SAN FRANCISCO -- After pitching five innings, striking out five and giving up three runs (two earned) in an injury rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, lefty Jorge De La Rosa is set to rejoin the Rockies' rotation on Monday against the Padres at Coors Field.

De La Rosa, who has dealt with a left groin strain since early in Spring Training, is 45-14 in his career at Coors.

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Young: Robinson 'paved the way for us to put on this uniform'

Rockies coaches eye rise to managerial ranks

Young: Robinson 'paved the way for us to put on this uniform'

SAN FRANCISCO -- For Wednesday night's Rockies-Giants game on Jackie Robinson Day, the Rockies featured two African-American coaches, Eric Young at first base and Stu Cole at third base.

On a day when every player in the game wore Jackie Robinson's No. 42 to commemorate the end of the color barrier in 1947, Young and Cole were in positions to offer examples of opportunities the game offers. Both could become candidates for Major League managerial jobs, as could Triple-A Albuquerque manager Glenallen Hill.

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Good as gold: Arenado makes fantastic catch

Rockies third baseman bounces off tarp, nearly doubles up runner

Good as gold: Arenado makes fantastic catch

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado had just lived the play of the night, of the year, and possibly of his lifetime. He didn't want to see it again, not immediately. It was too scary, too exhilarating, maybe even too good for his own eyes.

But Arenado's tumble into the tarpaulin roll behind the Giants' bullpen to grab a foul pop by Gregor Blanco in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 4-1 Rockies victory at AT&T Park went viral practically the second the highlight went online.

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'New wrinkle' gives Ottavino arsenal to be Rox's closer

Reliever revives cut fastball to gain effectiveness against lefty hitters

'New wrinkle' gives Ottavino arsenal to be Rox's closer

SAN FRANCISCO -- Those Nasty Boys that carried the Reds to the 1990 World Series combined to tally a Major League-leading 50 saves that year. Five relievers had saves in what has been commonly labeled a bullpen by committee.

Every committee, however, has a chairman.

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Rockies' strong pitching, defense sink Giants

Rockies' strong pitching, defense sink Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Rockies got to Giants starter Tim Hudson early, with eight hits in the first four innings, and used an all-hands pitching effort to win, 4-1, at AT&T Park on Tuesday night.

The Rockies scored twice in the second, one run on a Corey Dickerson RBI single, the other on Hudson's wild pitch, and got a safety squeeze from DJ LeMahieu in the fourth. After that, Hudson retired 11 straight and 12 of the next 13 before leaving the game after seven innings.

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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Swingman Bergman ready for first 2015 start

Swingman Bergman ready for first 2015 start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies right-hander Christian Bergman entered the regular season with an uncertain role, and he'll enter Tuesday's start against the Giants having pitched just one inning. But that could be good.

"[Kyle] Kendrick told me about this role, 'At the very least, your arm is going to feel great, even if you're not pitching,'" said Bergman, who replaced Tyler Matzek on Friday, escaped a jam and earned a win over the Cubs. "But I've done my work on the side and threw a bullpen after the game yesterday."

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