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It doesn't get much better for Josh Rutledge.For Josh Rutledge, it doesn't get any better.Two days ago the 23-year-old was in the starting lineup for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. After the 4th inning he was removed from the game and told that he had been called up, not called up to Triple-A, called up to the big league level.He would make his Major League debut on Friday night against the Phillies. Rutledge found himself in the starting lineup out of the game, playing shortstop and hitting eighth against Cliff Lee.Forget that Lee has recorded only one win in the 2012 season. Forget that he doesn't look anywhere close to the Cliff Lee that has dominated over the past four seasons. This is still Cliff Lee, a man whose focus in the postseason has made him one of the richest pitchers in the history of the game. This is who Rutledge had to face on Friday.If there were any nerves for Rutledge, they didn't show. In his first at-bat, he ripped an RBI double to give the Rocki...
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Drew Pomeranz is a bright spot in the Rockies 2nd half.Every bit of criticism that the Colorado Rockies have received has been well deserved. It is extremely difficult to find any positives in this horrible season. In fact, the truth is, the Rockies probably deserve even more criticism than what blogs, newspaper articles, and local radio shows have thrown their way.This is a terrible...
Jeremy Guthrie won't be around long.Jeremy Guthrie made his first start for the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field since being demoted, then coming back to the starting rotation on Saturday night.Despite working out of the bullpen at home since his last start on June 12th, the results were the same for the biggest offseason disappointment in recent years for the Rockies. The Rockies...
DENVER -- Josh Rutledge's storybook major league debut Friday helped Christian Friedrich break a five-game losing streak, and the Colorado Rockies added to the dire nature of the Philadelphia Phillies' season with a 6-2 victory. Rutledge, a 23-year-old shortstop who was brought up Friday from Double-A Tulsa, hit a run-scoring double and a single in his first two at-bats...
Todd Helton's challenge has nothing to do with the fastball or slider.
He's battling Father Time.
And it has taken a toll on the man who has been the face of the Rockies franchise for more than 15 years.
With his 39th birthday lurking on Aug. 20, Helton was placed on the disabled list Friday with a right hip inflammation that affected the left-handed-swinging slugger&...
Christian Friedrich pitched six strong innings, Josh Rutledge had two hits and two RBIs in his major league debut and the Colorado Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 Friday night.
Friedrich (5-6) got the best of Cliff Lee (1-6) in his first career appearance against the Phillies, who have lost five straight and 11 of their past 12 games.
In winning for the first time in...
Tonight, the Phillies downed the Colorado Rockies 8-5. For the Phils, who had lost five straight, and 11-of-12, coming into the contest, it was a much-needed victory. It took all-around effort, as only the middle relief didn’t contribute to the win.
Chooch's hot start to the second half has only fueled the rumors that he's super-human (AP)
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Troy Tulowitzki remains out with an injury as the Phillies head to Colorado to face the Rockies. (Philliedelphia/Kevin Durso)
If there is going to be a huge comeback from the Phillies, it has to begin now. In the short term, the Phillies drew a good opponent.
The Colorado Rockies are in fourth place in the NL West with a 33-52 record, one of only a handful of teams below the...
If you need one reason and one reason only for Major League Baseball to increase their use of instant replay, look no further than the photo above. The umpire pictured in the photo, Tim Welke, called the runner out. Welke was blocked by Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton when making the call, but as long as you know that Helton’s leg isn’t 6′ long, you know that Helton is off...
Image courtesy of Matt Sautter
Welcome to the second half of the 2012 MLB season. Typically, the Phillies are a much better team during the second half than in the first half. They didn't look like it tonight in Colorado. After a four-day break for the All-Star Game and its festivities, Cliff Lee was looking for that second win after coming off of his first on July 4th against...
Former Alabama shortstop Josh Rutledge had a pretty tough assignment in his Major League debut Friday night. His first at-bat came against the 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner.
Final: Phillies 2, Rockies 6.
WP: Christian Friedrich (5-6, 5.60 ERA)
LP: Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.92 ERA)
Coming off of a much needed break, the Phillies sought to get the unofficial second half of the season off to a right track Friday night in Colorado.
Unfortunately, the offense was only able to score two runs, and the combined struggle from the pitching and bullpen prevented...
Philadelphia Phillies (33-37) vs. Colorado Rockies (25-42)
Cliff Lee (1-5, 3.98) vs. Christian Friedrich (4-6, 5.98)
Time: 8:40, Coors Field
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The second half of the season is underway! In recent history, the Phillies have been known to be a second half team. They have to start playing good baseball immediately if they want any shot...
Philadelphia Phillies (37-51) vs. Colorado Rockies (34-52)
Vance Worley (4-5, 3.54) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (3-8, 6.05)
Time: 8:10, Coors Field
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Vance Worley will try to get the Phillies their first win after the All Star break when he takes the mound tonight in Colorado. Though Worley has excellent career numbers against the Rockies (2.25...