Rockies hitters did not run on Friday but will do so Saturday. Hurdle said the intensity would be turned up for Saturday's practice, which will have the Rockies regulars also playing in the field."It's kind of weird," Yorvit Torrealba said. "Obviously, you don't have your adrenaline out there. It's kind of a weird feeling, but it's good. We need that." As for Francis, he's off until Game 1 and ready to face someone other than his teammates. His teammates probably feel likewise. "It's not fun, because you don't want to be the brunt of a lot of trash talk," Francis said. "You try to just execute. Jamey Carroll and Troy Tulowitzki hit me hard a couple of times, and other than that I was able to get some ground balls and get some guys out front." Hurdle rocks but doesn't watch ALCS: Hurdle has said that he has not caught much of the past two games between the Indians and Red Sox. He said Friday that's what videotape is for. During Thursday's off-day and Game 5 for the Indians and Red Sox, Hurdle attended prominent local radio station KBCO's 30th birthday bash at Denver's Paramount Theater. With Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, Keb' Mo', Paolo Nutini and Louden Wainwright filling the bill, the crowd burst into cheers whenever a musician filled the space between songs with a quick "Go, Rockies!" cheer.
Hurdle is a frequent guest on the KBCO morning show, and the chance to relax with some "world class rock" before his team's first World Series was clearly refreshing. After a KBCO DJ pointed out Hurdle from the stage, the Rockies skipper got the biggest hand of the night and graciously greeted fans between sets as the celebration rocked on.
Quote of the day: LaTroy Hawkins on his bullpen session: "I felt pretty good, threw a no-hitter ... I had that miss 'em pitch."Hawkins also had the luxury of not facing any batters.
C.J. Moore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Owen Perkins contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.