Black encouraged by Gray's bullpen session

Broken bone in left foot has sidelined pitcher since April

Black encouraged by Gray's bullpen session

DENVER -- Jon Gray took a significant step toward returning from a stress fracture in his left foot on Sunday, and did so without the protective boot he's been sporting for more than a month.

Gray threw his first bullpen session without the immobilizing boot on Sunday morning before the Rockies faced the Cardinals at Coors Field, tossing 30 to 35 pitches in what manager Bud Black described as a live session.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freeland shows maturity in 7th quality start

Freeland shows maturity in 7th quality start

DENVER -- In an overwhelming jam in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Cardinals, Rockies rookie starter Kyle Freeland remained at ease. He exhaled and mentally silenced the sellout crowd of 48,106 behind him.

Freeland had given up two hits to start the fourth inning and walked another to load the bases, with a strikeout in between. Facing Adam Wainwright, a .294 hitter, Freeland pounded inside and then went high with a four-seamer to thwart his counterpart. Doing so induced an infield dribbler that Freeland spun into a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning, halting the top of the order on deck.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rox can't solve Waino as Cards even series

Rox can't solve Waino as Cards even series

DENVER -- For a starter who makes his living on his curveball, Adam Wainwright is seemingly unfazed pitching in the thin air at Coors Field. The veteran right-hander quieted a sellout crowd of 48,106 with his best outing of the year, throwing seven scoreless innings and scattering just three singles in the Cardinals' 3-0 win over the Rockies on Saturday.

Wainwright is now 10-1 with a 1.56 ERA against the Rockies, and has given up just one run over his last three outings, a span of 20 1/3 innings. Wainwright cast a wide velocity spectrum, creating nearly a 20 mph gap between his low-90s fastball and the off-the-table curve, which was put in play just three times.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. He covered the Rockies on Saturday.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver. He covered the Cardinals on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Parra hands out gum to fans in outfield

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Parra hands out gum to fans in outfield

What happens to the leftover snacks baseball players consume during a game? What about the extra sunflower seeds, gum and things of that nature? In the ninth inning of the Rockies' 3-0 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday night at Coors Field, right fielder Gerardo Parra was visiting with the bullpen out on the warning track and had an idea.

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Rockies host National Play Campaign

Players, training staff educate local youth on nutrition, exercise

Rockies host National Play Campaign

DENVER -- Who says you can't get outside and be active on a rainy day in May?

It helps when you've got a big league ballpark to make use of, and the Rockies made full use of Coors Field on Saturday to give about 50 children the chance to learn from Major League players and try some of the training equipment the big leaguers use to hone their craft.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rodgers stays hot with big game for Lancaster

Rodgers stays hot with big game for Lancaster

A trio of the Phillies top prospect led the way as Triple-A Lehigh Valley topped Louisville, 13-1, on Saturday.

No. 4 overall prospect J.P Crawford (Phillies' No. 1) and Nick Williams (Phillies' No. 4) combined for five hits, two homers and six RBIs at the plate, while No. 24 prospect Ben Lively gave up one unearned run over eight innings on the mound.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blackmon is #ASGWorthy with blistering bat

Rockies' center fielder flirts with cycle in 4-hit, 3-RBI night

Blackmon is #ASGWorthy with blistering bat

DENVER -- Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon has no problem putting his name in the history books. He thought about it in the eighth inning Friday night.

Blackmon came to the plate a double shy of a cycle in the eighth inning of a 10-0 victory over the Cardinals, and he lashed a pitch from Miguel Socolovich into right-center with two outs in his final at-bat. And when his liner landed in right-center, he was "thinking double the whole way."

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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Senzatela seizes control, sizzles for 7th win

Rockies rookie blanks Cards over career-high 8 innings

Senzatela seizes control, sizzles for 7th win

DENVER -- Rockies rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela didn't want to merely live by the fastball. He wanted to pitch with a pinpoint fastball.

After two games of less-than immaculate fastball command, Senzatela found his aim Friday night and buzzed through the Cardinals for a career-high eight innings in the Rockies' 10-0 victory at Coors Field.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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Blackmon leads charge as Rox roll vs. Cards

Blackmon leads charge as Rox roll vs. Cards

DENVER -- The Rockies spent Friday night's 10-0 victory over the Cardinals displaying two major reasons they lead the National League West, and have won five of their last six and and eight of their last 11.

Charlie Blackmon knocked his 12th homer of the season, finished a double shy of a cycle and drove in three runs to lift his Majors-leading RBI total to 45, and Mark Reynolds added a homer -- his team-leading 13th -- and drove in three runs to improve his total to 42.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver. He covered the Cardinals on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Minors team wins on OF-assisted walk-off HR

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Minors team wins on OF-assisted walk-off HR

On May 26, 1993, something happened in a Rangers-Indians game that folks have talked about for years. It was the game in which then-Rangers outfielder Jose Canseco gifted Carlos Martinez a home run by using his head to help the ball bounce over the fence. 

You may remember it.

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Does CarGo's bat heat up with weather?

Rox slugger hit .390 with 2 homers, 5 RBIs on road trip

Does CarGo's bat heat up with weather?

DENVER -- Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez has become known for slow starts -- often in the cold, wet and unpredictable early-season weather.

And while making a direct correlation is difficult, some numbers say the thermometer and Gonzalez's performance might have a connection.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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Bettis hopes to clear hurdle in cancer battle

Bettis hopes to clear hurdle in cancer battle

DENVER -- Rockies right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis hopes to accelerate his return from testicular cancer if a CT scan Monday and a blood test Tuesday yield good news.

After three rounds of chemotherapy (three weeks per round), Bettis hopes to have the port through which the chemotherapy medicine was administered removed Wednesday, and once that heals, his comeback can begin in earnest.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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Rodgers belts pair of homers for Lancaster

Rodgers belts pair of homers for Lancaster

Angel Perdomo and Kyle Funkhouser put together quite a pitcher's duel on Friday as Class A Advanced Dunedin topped Lakeland, 3-1.

Perdomo, the Blue Jays' No. 20 prospect, put together his best start of the season, giving up three hits over six scoreless innings. Control has been a struggle for the 23-year-old in the past, but he was able to harness it Friday.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies' road trip is one of its most successful

Club seeks to improve record at home

Rockies' road trip is one of its most successful

Even with Thursday's 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Phillies, the Rockies matched the most successful 10-game road trip in club history with seven wins. Now they have to make home friendlier than it has been this season.

But first, the road trip.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

Ben Harris contributed to this story.

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Anderson yields 1 run, but Rox lose in extras

Anderson yields 1 run, but Rox lose in extras

PHILADELPHIA -- Tommy Joseph continues to be one of the hottest hitters on the planet.

The Phillies first baseman ripped a single to center field in the bottom of the 11th inning to score Michael Saunders from second base in a 2-1 victory over the Rockies on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Joseph, who also homered in the seventh, entered the game with a 1.046 OPS in May, which is 17th out of 252 hitters in baseball. He had a .476 OPS in April.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Rockies on Thursday.

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Two sac bunt attempts led to amazing defense

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Two sac bunt attempts led to amazing defense

Twice during Thursday afternoon's game between the Phillies and the Rockies, the sacrifice bunt did not produce the expected result. What they did produce was great defense.

Trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning, the Phillies got their first two men on base, bringing the pitcher, Vince Velasquez, to the plate in a bunt situation. Instead of putting down a successful sacrifice, he popped it up and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was having none of it:

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Reliever Dunn trying to regain April form

Murphy nearing rehab assignment

Reliever Dunn trying to regain April form

PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Dunn had the best ERA in the Rockies bullpen in April before he was sidelined with back spasms. Since he returned in the first week of May, the results have not been the same. He looks like a different pitcher.

His manager pegged his mechanics as the reason why.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Rockies on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies ride seven-run inning in rout of Phils

Rockies ride seven-run inning in rout of Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- It has not been a fair fight this week at Citizens Bank Park.

The Rockies rolled to a 7-2 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night and have won the first three games of the four-game series by a combined score of 23-5. With the win, the Rockies improved to a National League-best 31-17.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Rockies on Wednesday.

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Story picks up where he left off

Shortstop reaches three times in return from disabled list

Story picks up where he left off

PHILADELPHIA -- Trevor Story may have missed the last two weeks with a bum shoulder, but you wouldn't have known it if you tuned into his return to the lineup in the Rockies' 7-2 win in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

The refreshed shortstop reached base in each of his first three plate appearances, doubling, walking, and scoring a run in the Rockies' seven-run third inning. He also walked in the fifth.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Rockies on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chatwood finds his groove on the mound

Chatwood finds his groove on the mound

Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood didn't want to stop at 99, and who could blame him?

That's where Chatwood's pitch count stood after six innings -- he had shaken off early control issues -- of the Rockies' eventual 7-2 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night. While the conversation in the dugout with manager Bud Black wasn't heated, it was animated.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Amarista, Valaika's efforts won't go unnoticed

Amarista, Valaika's efforts won't go unnoticed

Trevor Story returned to the starting lineup at shortstop for the Rockies on Wednesday night against the Phillies. But his fill-ins for 13 games since he suffered a left shoulder strain -- Alexi Amarista and Pat Valaika -- did enough in Story's absence to not be forgotten in manager Bud Black's future playing time decisions.

The Rockies signed Amarista to a one-year deal during the offseason, in part because of his familiarity with Black, who managed him with the Padres. During Story's absence, Amarista led the team in batting aveage (.458), on-base percentage (.458), slugging (.708) and OPS (1.167). All this came on a team that has Charlie Blackmon on fire from the leadoff spot.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

30 Rox: Colorado first in NL to victory mark

30 Rox: Colorado first in NL to victory mark

PHILADELPHIA -- It's still early, but it's a little less early every day. With Memorial Day -- one of baseball's traditional milestones -- rapidly approaching, the Rockies hit a milestone of their own on Tuesday night.

A convincing 8-2 victory -- the Rockies' 12th in the last 17 games -- made Colorado the first 30-game winner in the National League. It's the first time in franchise history that the Rockies have been the first NL team to 30 wins.

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Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Philles Tuesday.

Ben Harris is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Rockies Tuesday.

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Blackmon flashes #ASGWorthy power vs. Phils

Outfielder homers twice in game, among league leaders in RBIs

Blackmon flashes #ASGWorthy power vs. Phils

Go ahead and get excited, Rockies fans, about Charlie Blackmon's productivity in Philadelphia.

Two homers in Tuesday night's 8-2 victory over the Phillies gives him seven in his last five at Citizens Bank Park.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Story returns from DL; Rockies option Hoffman

Story returns from DL; Rockies option Hoffman

Shortstop Trevor Story returned to the Rockies with a healthy shoulder and a clear mind.

Story, who missed 12 games with a left shoulder strain, was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list for Tuesday night's game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

Ben Harris contributed to this story.

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Rodgers goes deep for Lancaster

Rodgers goes deep for Lancaster

After Double-A Erie was forced to use six pitchers during Monday's 14-13 loss against Harrisburg, the SeaWolves desperately needed a big performance out of starter Myles Jaye on Tuesday.

The Tigers' No. 15 prospect delivered, tossing six scoreless innings and setting a career high with 11 strikeouts before Erie walked it off in the ninth against the Senators to win, 2-1.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Relentless Rox bats back stellar Hoffman in win

Relentless Rox bats back stellar Hoffman in win

PHILADELPHIA -- The Rockies continued to play Monday night like the best team in the National League.

They beat the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 8-1. Rockies No. 2 prospect Jeff Hoffman joined the team Monday to make a spot start following last week's doubleheader in Minnesota, which allowed the Rockies to put their rotation back in order on regular rest. Hoffman allowed just three hits and one run in seven innings, making it the best outing of his eight-start career. He struck out seven. Nolan Arenado capped the night with a two-run home run to left field in the ninth.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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Hoffman sparkles over 7 in brief callup

Rockies No. 2 prospect strikes out 7 batters while allowing just 3 hits vs. Phillies

Hoffman sparkles over 7 in brief callup

Rockies rookie right-hander Jeff Hoffman said hello, for the third time, on Monday. Then, for seven innings against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, he pitched as if he never wants to say goodbye again.

Hoffman, up from Triple-A Albuquerque, mixed pitches expertly while holding the Phillies to one run and three hits, with seven strikeouts, in seven innings in an 8-1 victory.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.