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Jorge De La Rosa found his confidence and command for the Colorado Rockies before their game against a Kansas City Royals split squad was rained out after four innings Friday night.
Making a comeback from Tommy John surgery, De La Rosa allowed one hit over three innings in 48-degree weather. The left-hander mixed his pitches effectively, using a slider and changeup with his fastball. He retired nine of the 11 hitters he faced.
De La Rosa, who turns 32 next month, struggled in three late September starts last season following surgery and again in his first two outings this spring. He won 16 games and struck out 193 batters for Colorado in 2009, and the Rockies hope he can get healthy and return to that form this year.
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Nolan Arenado‘s development has been a roller coaster ride. From prospect with major helium, to disappointment with maturity issues, the third baseman lost his luster this off-season.
With four home runs in his first 17 at bats this spring, Arenado is all the rage again as he attempts to wrangle the third base job away from the combo of Chris Nelson and Jordan Pacheco.
For those wondering why Charlie Blackmon has not played at all since March 1st, we now have an answer. The Rockies' outfielder and battling a knee infection. He should return at some point this spring, but there is not a time table for his recovery.
Thomas Harding of MLB.com had the news:
#Rockies #LosRockies OF Charlie Blackmon is out with a knee infection. Hasn...
The Kansas City Royals don't have that many open spots for a team coming off a 90-loss season.
For the second straight March, Johnny Giavotella and Chris Getz are competing for the second base job. The Royals went 21-22 when Giavotella started at second base last season and 30-25 when Getz was the starter. Of course, it was Yuniesky Betancourt who earned the opening-day nod...
Time to check on the local media following the COLORADO ROCKIES Newspaper- Once a two newspaper town, Denver is now served only by the Denver Post. Its online sports section includes dedicated coverage of the Rockies. Beat writers Troy Renck (Twitter) and Patrick Saunders (Twitter) also write for the On the Rox Blog. The always entertaining
Yordano Ventura chanced upon his first start and made the most of it.
Ventura pitched three hitless innings, Johnny Giavotella and Brett Hayes each drove in four runs and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 13-2 Saturday.
Billy Butler and David Lough each added three hits. The Royals finished with 20 hits, including nine in 1 2-3 innings against Giants starter...
ESPN’s Buster Olney wondered aloud yesterday if there is a
trade to be made between the New York Yankees and Colorado Rockies that would
involve Michael Cuddyer.
SPECULATION: You wonder if there is a deal to be made for the Rockies-Yankees in which COL eats a lot of Michael Cuddyer $ to move him.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 8, 2013
In Olney’s proposed...
You don't want Butler manning 1B for you. Foot on the bag Billy!
I like Big Butlers and I cannot lie. OK that was a lie. I do not like big, fat Billy Butlers. How can a guy hit Home Runs and steal bases when his man breasts are flopping all around? Do not pay for the career year. Butler's HR total is pointing in the same direction as his missle titties; straight down...