Rain washes out Rockies' game vs. D-backs

Rain washes out Rockies' game vs. D-backs

DENVER -- The Rockies and D-backs sat through a 2-hour and 30-minute rain delay before postponing Monday night's opener of a three-game series. No makeup date has been determined.

Wet forecasts the next two days led the clubs to attempt to wait for a window wide enough to play, but one never materialized.

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Ottavino likely to have Tommy John surgery

Ottavino likely to have Tommy John surgery

DENVER -- Rockies closer Adam Ottavino will visit noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, with the likely outcome being season-ending Tommy John surgery to repair a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Ottavino (1-0, 0.00 ERA, three saves in 10 appearances) was off to a great start this season, and had supplanted LaTroy Hawkins as the Rockies' closer. The Rockies placed Ottavino on the 15-day disabled list last week with what was called right triceps inflammation, but an MRI showed damage in the elbow. All along, the process has been moving toward Tommy John surgery.

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Coors to host DU, CC hockey game in 2016

DENVER -- One of collegiate hockey's top rivalries will be played outside at Coors Field. The Rockies announced that the University of Denver and Colorado College will meet in the first hockey game at Coors -- the "Battle on Blake" on Feb. 20, 2016.

The event will take place a week before the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche meet at Coors on Feb. 27, 2016, in an NHL Stadium Series game. It will also be the first time that DU and CC have met in an outdoor match.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Ottavino upbeat about likely elbow surgery

Ottavino upbeat about likely elbow surgery

DENVER -- Finally, Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino had his chance to make his mark in the big leagues.

But only briefly, for now.

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Matzek, D-backs' Collmenter match up in opener

Matzek, D-backs' Collmenter match up in opener

After Monday's game was postponed due to rain, the D-backs and Rockies will try again Tuesday to begin their series at Coors Field.

Rockies left-hander Tyler Matzek and D-backs righty Josh Collmenter, who were both scheduled to pitch Monday, will get the nods Tuesday, and each will try to maintain the momentum that they have coming into the start.

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Rox rough up Shields but can't reverse skid

Arenado, Blackmon homers lead to 5 runs on Padres ace

Rox rough up Shields but can't reverse skid

SAN DIEGO -- The Rockies did everything they could have hoped against Padres ace James Shields on Sunday. They bested him for three home runs, two from Nolan Arenado and one from Charlie Blackmon, and scored five runs to chase him after 5 1/3 innings.

But after the team's fifth straight loss, Blackmon wasn't basking in his accomplishments. Blackmon, who would add a ninth-inning homer off Padres closer Craig Kimbrel, was left pondering the hit he couldn't deliver in the 8-6 loss.

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Kendrick has another 'frustrating' start

Rockies righty has allowed MLB-leading 10 homers

Kendrick has another 'frustrating' start

SAN DIEGO -- The Rockies set a low bar for their starting pitcher, Kyle Kendrick, by hitting three home runs off usually effective Padres ace James Shields and chasing him after 5 1/3 innings. Yet Kendrick fell short in the Rockies' 8-6 loss, which completed a three-game Padres sweep at Petco Park.

It was another case of Kendrick (1-4) simply not providing the quality the Rockies hoped for when they signed him for one year at $5.5 million. He gave up six runs and two homers -- to bring his Major League-leading total to 10 -- in five innings.

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Jim Callis

Story, Patterson on Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week

Mets' top prospect threw 14 scoreless innings, struck out 19 in two starts

Story, Patterson on Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

Triple-A Las Vegas's Cashman Field is one of the toughest places to pitch in professional baseball. Games there averaged 11.9 runs per game in 2014, the fifth-highest total in the Minor Leagues, and an average of 11.1 runs per contest are being scored this season.

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Rox flash power but fall to Padres in 5th straight loss

Rox flash power but fall to Padres in 5th straight loss

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton, Jedd Gyorko and Derek Norris each drilled home runs on Sunday to overcome four home runs by the Rockies as San Diego held on for an 8-6 victory at Petco Park, securing a three-game series sweep.

Upton hit a two-run home run in the first inning and later added an RBI double in the fifth inning to give the Padres (14-12) the lead for good. Gyorko's pinch-hit, two-run homer in the sixth gave San Diego a three-run lead.

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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De La Rosa shows old form, but walks costly

Rockies lefty strikes out 9 over 5 innings, falls to 0-2

De La Rosa shows old form, but walks costly

SAN DIEGO -- Saturday night's 4-2 loss to the Padres dumped the Rockies into the group of sub-.500 clubs, but they just may be able to hold onto the pitching of Jorge De La Rosa until they right themselves.

Of course, De La Rosa's work wasn't as adequate as it needed to be. He threw 101 pitches in five innings, which made Saturday the 13th game in 23 that the starter didn't make it past five. But with nine strikeouts and a game that was a couple of ill-timed walks away from possibly being good enough, the Rockies feel that their top starter's form is starting to return.

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Rox offense has yet to get rolling on road

After sweep in Milwaukee, lineup has hit .233 away from home

Rox offense has yet to get rolling on road

SAN DIEGO -- In the first three games of the season, the Rockies scored 20 runs and swept the Brewers at Miller Park. But that series -- when the Rockies hit .322, put up a .336 on-base percentage and a .585 slugging percentage -- didn't usher in an era of big road performances.

In the 11 road games between then and Sunday afternoon, the Rockies hit .233 with a .282 OBP and a .353 slugging percentage. That's not much different from last year's .228/.279/.357 slash line that was a key contributor to the 21-60 road record, worst in club history.

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Ottavino to learn extent of injury Monday

MRI showed inflammation in triceps tendon above elbow

Ottavino to learn extent of injury Monday

SAN DIEGO -- They say exercise produces endorphins that soothe the mind, but Rockies closer Adam Ottavino's intense lower-body and cardiovascular workout on Friday could only do so much. Ottavino's future will be determined Monday when he meets with Rockies medical director Dr. Thomas J. Noonan about his triceps and elbow injuries.

"I stay in shape," Ottavino said, resting but unable to shake the worry. "I just follow what they tell me to do."

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Rockies recall lefty Roberts from Triple-A

Rondon designated for assignment after two rough outings

Rockies recall lefty Roberts from Triple-A

SAN DIEGO -- While representing the Rockies' farm system during the 2014 Arizona Fall League, lefty pitcher Ken Roberts would defeat hitters during games, and look up their stats afterward. It was easy to find info on these top prospects.

"Guys hitting 30 home runs, making their [Major League debuts]," Roberts said.

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Rox struggle to drive in runs in 4th straight loss

Rox struggle to drive in runs in 4th straight loss

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton's two-run single in the fifth inning put the Padres on top for good and Brandon Morrow allowed two runs in six innings Saturday as San Diego edged the Rockies, 4-2, at Petco Park.

Upton's two-run, two-out single came off Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (0-2), who pitched well. He allowed three runs on five hits in five innings with three walks and nine strikeouts.

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Kendrick's start moved up in rotation switch

Matzek, who exited last start with cramp, given extra day's rest

Kendrick's start moved up in rotation switch

SAN DIEGO -- The Rockies have switched the rotation for the next two games, so righty Kyle Kendrick will start Sunday against the Padres and lefty Tyler Matzek will go Monday against the D-backs in the opener of a three-game series at Coors Field.

Matzek (2-0, 2.70 ERA) left Monday's 5-4 victory over the D-backs after five innings because of a cramp in his left hamstring. Matzek had held the D-backs to two runs on five hits, with three strikeouts and three walks. The switch gives Matzek an extra day's rest.

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Rockies get 'weird' with four-error night

Rockies get 'weird' with four-error night

SAN DIEGO -- Friday night's 14-3 loss to the Padres was not just the Rockies' third straight, but each one was more lopsided than the one before. However, second baseman DJ LeMahieu said with confidence that Friday was truly rock bottom.

Rare is the game in which LeMahieu flubs a possible double-play grounder, which occurred during a fourth inning that saw the Rockies make three errors and the Padres score four runs. In winning his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award last season, none of LeMahieu's six errors at second occurred on a ground ball.

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Shaky defense, bullpen costly as Rox drop opener

Shaky defense, bullpen costly as Rox drop opener

SAN DIEGO -- Ian Kennedy struck out six in six innings and the Padres offense unloaded 14 hits and took advantage of four Rockies errors en route to a 14-3 victory at Petco Park on Friday night in front of 30,186.

After giving up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Dodgers in his last start, Kennedy (1-1) held the Rockies to two runs on four hits in six innings, and struck out six in the Padres second victory in the last nine games. In addition to the four errors, the Padres benefited from the bats of Derek Norris and Yangervis Solarte, who combined for seven RBIs.

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Rockies continue to support high school teams

Rockies continue to support high school teams

DENVER -- On June 25, Cardinals left-hander Marco Gonzales made his Major League debut at Coors Field. But having grown up in Fort Collins, Colo., Gonzales was actually making his fifth appearance at Coors Field, thanks to a Rockies program that has supported Colorado high school baseball since 2001.

On Friday, Coors Field will host the last of its 11 dates of prep games -- a doubleheader featuring Pomona against Mountain Range, and Brighton against Centaurus. The finale of this year's prep schedule will be the annual Top 50 Game -- an all-star game featuring the 50 best high school players in Colorado, not just seniors -- on May 28.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Tulo too good to not be NL starter

Rockies superstar's ability at the plate and in the field is unmatched in the game

Tulo too good to not be NL starter

Who will you be voting for to start at shortstop for the National League All-Stars on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati? For me, it's Troy Tulowitzki. He is the defending champion. Someone has to knock him off to claim the job. It's that simple.

If Tulowitzki is healthy, there's nobody better in either league.

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Blackmon out of lineup with stomach bug

LeMahieu, batting .406, fills in as leadoff hitter vs. Padres

Blackmon out of lineup with stomach bug

SAN DIEGO -- What appeared to be a 24-hour stomach bug felled Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon during Thursday's day off. Although Blackmon reported feeling better, manager Walt Weiss went with Drew Stubbs in center and moved DJ LeMahieu to the leadoff spot Friday night against the Padres.

The good news is, at least as of Friday afternoon, the bug had not spread through the club. Hitting coach Blake Doyle had a rough Thursday night, as did some clubhouse staff.

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Quasi-intentional walks haunt Lyles in decisive fifth

Quasi-intentional walks haunt Lyles in decisive fifth

PHOENIX -- It took nearly three games, but in the fifth inning of Wednesday night's 9-1 loss to the D-backs at Chase Field, Rockies manager Walt Weiss finally instructed starter Jordan Lyles to pitch around Paul Goldschmidt with first base open and one out.

Lyles walked Goldschmidt semi-intentionally, one of his five walks in five innings. The move eventually backfired as the D-backs scored five times in the inning to bust open the contest and win the swing game of the three-game series.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lyles struggles, bats fall flat as Rockies drop finale

Lyles struggles, bats fall flat as Rockies drop finale

PHOENIX -- Behind the pitching of Josh Collmenter and a 13-hit outburst by the offense, the D-backs rolled to a 9-1 win over the Rockies on Wednesday night to take the three-game series at Chase Field.

Collmenter (2-3) allowed just one unearned run on five hits over eight innings to pick up the win. Meanwhile, Rockies starter Jordan Lyles was charged with seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in five frames.

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MRI reveals inflammation in Ottavino's right elbow

MRI reveals inflammation in Ottavino's right elbow

PHOENIX -- The MRI results on the arm of Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino came back Tuesday and revealed inflammation where the triceps tendon attaches above the right elbow, manager Walt Weiss said.

Ottavino went on the disabled list Monday and was replaced as closer by veteran John Axford. In a corresponding move, the Rockies recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Albuquerque.

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CarGo on line drive that hit Bradley: 'It was a nightmare'

CarGo on line drive that hit Bradley: 'It was a nightmare'

PHOENIX -- It was less than an hour after the game on Tuesday night when Rockies center fielder Carlos Gonzalez strode to his locker to talk to the media. He was still shaken. At that point, he had no idea that Archie Bradley was in good spirits around the corridor in the D-backs clubhouse.

It was Gonzalez's line drive during the second inning - clocked at 115 mph - that struck the rookie right-hander on the right cheek and knocked him straight to the ground, where he laid prone for seemingly endless minutes on the lip of the Chase Field mound.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Rain can't wash away memories of Coors Field's first game

20 years later, the debut of Rockies' ballpark is still remembered

Rain can't wash away memories of Coors Field's first game

DENVER -- The temperature was 42 degrees on Sunday afternoon, just like it had been 20 years earlier when the gates were opened at Coors Field for a regular-season game for the first time.

It was raining, just like it had been during the day 20 years earlier.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tulo leads experienced Rockies on All-Star Game ballot

Blackmon, Morneau and CarGo bid for another trip to Midsummer Classic

Tulo leads experienced Rockies on All-Star Game ballot

DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki led National League players with 5,349,456 All-Star votes last season. He and several high-profile teammates are looking for votes again.

Balloting began today for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 in Cincinnati, and Tulowitzki -- who became the first player in Colorado history to lead the NL in voting -- and the Rockies' regular position players are on the ballot, which for the first time is exclusively online.

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Kendrick struggles early in loss to D-backs

Kendrick struggles early in loss to D-backs

PHOENIX -- The D-backs hit a pair of home runs and rapped out 15 hits as they beat the Rockies, 12-5, on Tuesday night at Chase Field to snap a four-game losing streak.

Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo led the way with four RBIs, finishing a double shy of hitting for the cycle.The offensive support made a winner of reliever Andrew Chafin, who was summoned in the second inning after Archie Bradley was injured.

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In one night, Tulowitzki sees the ups and downs of baseball

In one night, Tulowitzki sees the ups and downs of baseball

PHOENIX -- For Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Monday night's 5-4 victory over the D-backs offered the yin and yang of things.

The yin: Tulowitzki's epic first inning at-bat that set the stage for Justin Morneau's three-run homer.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.