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Rockies fall as bullpen, offense again stumble

Starting pitcher Ryan Castellani struggled through 5 1/3 innings Sunday, but somehow allowed only one unearned run and left with the Rockies leading 3-1. Unfortunately Colorado wouldn’t score again, while the Angels rallied for a 5-3 victory at Coors Field.

Castellani allowed just one hit, but walked six and hit a batter over the course of 96 pitches. In all the Rockies walked 10 batters as they lost the three-game series against Los Angeles.

Had the offense managed more than three runs the bullpen’s inability to keep the Angels bats in checked might not have mattered. Instead Colorado is now 21-25 on the season and dropping further behind the Giants (23-24) in the race for the final Wild Card playoff spot.

“We’ve talked about it all season. We need the big hit with runners in scoring position. We’ve got to break through, keep the line moving and string hits together, more than just a couple — and (we) can’t rely on one grand slam.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said of his offense’s inability to come through when it mattered most on Sunday.

Pujols makes history

On the other side of the diamond Sunday was one of the all-time greats adding another achievement to list of accomplishments. Albert Pujols hit his 660th career home run, tying Willie Mays for fifth on the all-time home runs list.

The two-run homer off Colorado’s Carlos Estévez in the eight inning put the Angels ahead for good.

“For it to be the game winner on top of all that, it was kind of like a perfect moment for him. And for us. We’re still not out of this thing, mathematically, and to get a big knock like that, it could help get our spirits (up) for the next couple days.”

Angels manager Joe Maddon said after the game.

Highlights: Angels 5, Rockies 3

Extra bases

  • Colorado’s Nolan Arenado didn’t play Sunday as he continues to deal with soreness in his left shoulder.
    “It’s something that I’ve had for some time, and I’ve tried to play through it,” Arenado said before the game. “It’s flared up sometimes, then gone down. It’s flaring up again. Trainers are helping me through it, but it’s frustrating.”
  • Outfielder Raimel Tapia was replaced by David Dahl in the fifth inning after suffering from dizziness after hitting his head on a diving catch earlier in the game.
  • The Rockies are off today before opening a two-game series against Oakland at Coors Field on Tuesday. Righty Antonio Senzatela (3-2, 3.69 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener for Colorado.
  • The Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders made a to-do list for the Rockies to check off in order to make the playoffs this season.
  • While this weekend TheAthletic.com’s Nick Groke answered readers questions.
  • In other MLB news on Sunday Cubs right-hander Alex Mills no-hit the Brewers in a 12-0 Chicago win.

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Rockies swept by Padres, nine-game homestand on tap

The Rockies-Padres series mercifully came to a close for Colorado, as San Diego finished off a three-game sweep with a 5-3 win.

Colorado lost in walk-off fashion Monday (1-0) and got routed Tuesday (14-5) before dropping another close game to finish out the series Wednesday.

The Rockies are off today before starting a nine-game homestand Friday, with a three game series against the Angels. After that Colorado has a short two-game series vs. Oakland and then a four-game set vs. the Dodgers.

The homestand is the last one of the season for Colorado. After the series finale on Sunday, Sept. 20 vs. L.A. the Rockies play four games each vs. the Giants and Diamondbacks on the road to finish the year.

Chances for Rocktober?

Despite sitting at 20-23, the Rockies still have a legitimate chances at making the playoffs this season, assuming they can start winning at home. Colorado is 9-12 at Coors, including going 4-10 over the past 14 games there.

As it stands heading into Thursday’s games, the Rockies (20-23, .465) trail the Giants (23-21, .523) and Marlins (19-19, .500) for one of the final two playoffs berths.

Remember, this season, due to games being canceled over COVID-19 outbreaks, there’s a chance not all teams will play a full 60-game season. In that case winning percentage will determine who gets in.

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No fans, no fun for Nolan

The Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders wrote about how Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado might miss having fans at games more than anyone else.

“It’s nice to have that energy, that little pick me up. Sometimes it’s hard to find, within yourself, when you are going day-to-day. So it’s fun to play in good environments because that gets you going.”

Arenado said before Wednesday’s game.

Dahl returns

One bright spot Wednesday was the return of outfielder David Dahl for Colorado. Dahl had been on the 10-day IL due to lower back soreness and last played in a game on Aug. 17.

He didn’t play Wednesday, but manager Bud Black is hoping Dahl is able to contribute down the stretch for the Rockies.

“It looks as though he’s healthy, he’s ready to go, he’s in a good frame of mind. We’ll try to get him in there as we get to the weekend and as we get to this homestand. But we need David to be ready.”

Black said.

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A night after getting shutout by San Diego things started off well for Colorado. Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer, his first on the road this season, in the top of the first to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead, then the bottom of the first happened. Colorado starter Chi Chi González walked three and […]

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Padres hammer Rockies, González 14-5

A night after getting shutout by San Diego things started off well for Colorado. Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer, his first on the road this season, in the top of the first to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead, then the bottom of the first happened.

Colorado starter Chi Chi González walked three and hit a batter while recording just one out before he was removed for José Mujica who came on for his major league debut. It was not one he’ll want to remember. The first batter he faced, Wil Myers, hit a grand slam. When the inning ended Colorado trailed 5-3.

By the time the second inning was over the Padres’ lead had ballooned to 10-3. And when all was said and done San Diego rolled to a 14-5 win on Tuesday night in San Diego.

“So, 3-0, especially after last night, when only one run was scored … and we jump right out against a very good pitcher. We gave Chi Chi an opportunity to go down there and have a shutdown innings. Then things got away from Chi Chi.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said after Tuesday’s loss.

Season finale vs. Padres

Tonight marks not only the final game of the three-game series between Colorado and San Diego, but their final meeting of the season unless they play each other in the playoffs.

Righty Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 3.33 ERA) will get the start for the Rockies against righty Zach Davies (6-2, 2.23 ERA) for the Padres.

Extra bases

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Padres walk off Rockies 1-0 Monday night

Kyle Freeland threw six shutout innings, but it wasn’t enough as the Padres won 1-0 on Jurickson Profar’s walk-off double in the ninth inning Monday night in San Diego. With the loss Colorado is now 20-21 with 19 games left in the season.

As it currently stand the Rockies are on the outside of the playoff race, trailing both the Giants and Marlins, who are both .500.

Freeland returns to form

Freeland, still looking to prove his struggles in 2019 were a one off, was facing San Diego for the third time in the past month and was coming off back-to-back rough starts.

After beginning the season 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA in his first six starts he struggled in his last two outings earning two no decisions despite an ERA of 11.37. As for Monday, Freeland changed up his approach against San Diego.

“It was a different plan of attack. It was the third time I had faced them in the last (few) weeks. In my second start against them, they sort of sat soft on me and I could see that. So we changed up the game plan and got them back off balance throwing with hard action (inside) to get them off the soft stuff away.”

Freeland said.

Rockies manager Bud Black likes what he’s seeing from the Colorado lefty.

“Kyle has that capability to do some things, to change his game, which I think is the mark of a developing young pitcher.”

Black said after the loss.

Extra bases

The Rockies managed seven hits in the game, including two each from Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado.

  • Padres starer Dinelson Lamet threw 7 2/3 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts. It was the deepest he’s pitched in a MLB game in his career.
  • The two teams square off again tonight at 7:10 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet) with Chi Chi González (0-0, 5.00 ERA) starting for Colorado against Mike Clevinger (1-2, 3.14 ERA) going for San Diego. González is taking the place of injured starter Jon Gray, while Clevinger is making his second starter since the Padres traded for the righty.
  • Colorado signed former All-Star reliever AJ Ramos and assigned him to the team’s alternate training camp.
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Giants wallop Rockies 23-5 at Coors Field

Alex Dickerson homered three times and drove in six runs as the Giants became the first team in MLB history to have three players with at least six RBIs in the same game as San Francisco routed the Rockies 23-5 on Tuesday night.

“That’s by far the best game I’ve ever had in my life.”

Dickerson said after the game.

Dickerson, who finished the game 5-for-6, nearly had a fourth home run when he drilled a ball off the wall in deep left-center field in the ninth inning. His 16 total bases (three homers, two doubles) tied the Giants franchise record set by Willie Mays back in 1961. And he also became the 15th player in MLB history with five extra-base hits in a game.

“It’s incredible company. The things (Mays) did in his career and everything he means to San Francisco, to even be mentioned in the same breath as him is an incredible honor.”

Dickerson said of his achievement.

Brandon Crawford and Donovan Solano joined Dickerson with six RBI games for San Francisco. When all was said and done the Giants finished with 27 hits on the night.

Highlights from the Giants 23-5 beatdown of the Rockies on Tuesday night.

Gray, relievers roughed up

Righty Jon Gray started for the Rockies and lasted just 2 2/3 innings giving up seven runs on nine hits. It didn’t get any better from there as the next four Colorado relievers all gave up at least two runs.

It got so bad that backup catcher Drew Butera came on to pitch in the eighth inning. He actually finished with the best line of anyone for Colorado as he threw 1 2/3 innings and gave up just one run on three hits while striking out one. His scoreless ninth inning was the only inning San Francisco didn’t score in on Tuesday night.

The 23 runs allowed marks the third most in franchise history. The Reds beat Colorado 24-12 in 1999 and the Cubs won 26-7 back in 1995.

As for the 27 hits allowed, that’s tied for the second most allowed by the Rockies. The Reds finished with 28 in their win back in 1999.

Colorado’s starting pitchers were a integral piece of the Rockies’ 11-3 start to the season, but in the past 12 games they have a 7.63 ERA.

“We talked just a few days ago about our starting pitchers leading the National League in quality starts, and you look at the innings pitched and it’s right there with any rotation in baseball. But those guys have to perform to get us into the ballgame. It’s awful hard to claw back like we’ve had to do the last number of games. Starting pitching is critical.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said after Tuesday night’s debacle.

Extra bases

Outfielder Kevin Pillar made his debut for Colorado in the game, he started in center field and went 0-for-3. The Rockies optioned left-handed pitcher Phillip Diehl to the team’s alternate training site to make room for Pillar.

  • The lone bright spot for Colorado in the loss was Garrett Hampson who started at shortstop in place of Trevor Story and went 2-for-4 with two home runs. It was Story’s first game off this season.
  • TheAthletic.com’s Nick Groke wrote about a weird decision by Giants manager Gabe Kapler. In the seventh inning with San Francisco leading 18-2 Kapler challenged a call at first base that Giants right fielder Seven Duggar was out. The call was upheld. But challenging a call with your team up 16 in the seventh inning feels a bit extreme. Also, the Rockies had just two hits to that point in the game.
  • The teams finish off their short two-game series this afternoon at 1:10 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet) with Kyle Freeland (2-1, 3.43 ERA) scheduled to start for Colorado against San Francisco’s Logan Webb (2-3, 4.35).

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Rockies blanked 6-0, add OF Pillar via trade

On a day when the Rockies traded for Boston outfielder Kevin Pillar Colorado’s bats were silent as San Diego blanked the Rockies 6-0 at Coors Field to take the four-game series and drop Colorado a game below .5oo (17-18).

Rockies starter Germán Márquez wasn’t sharp, but with Colorado’s offense MIA it didn’t really matter. Márquez labored through six innings allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out seven.

“His stuff is fine, he’s just not hitting spots. I’m not worried about the arm. Right now it’s about location. He’s not making enough good pitches at the most critical times.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said of Márquez after the game.

Márquez has now lost a career-worst four decisions in a row and is 2-5 with a 4.88 ERA on the season. During his past five starts he’s 0-4 with a 6.83 ERA.

“My fastball location wasn’t good today,. I missed with a couple of pitches but I have to hang in there and keep working.”

Márquez said.

Offensive woes

On the offensive side of things third baseman Nolan Arenado went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to seven games, but that’s about the only good news for the Rockies. Colorado finished the game with seven hits, all singles, save for a double by Daniel Murphy.

When asked after the game if he thinks the offense can get things turned around Arenado had this to say:

“I believe so. We just haven’t been consistent at all. That’s kind of our thing this year. We just haven’t been consistent throughout the lineup, and you see the Padres over there and they’re on fire — all the hitters over there.”

Rockies add OF Pillar

Before the game the Rockies traded for Pillar from the Red Sox in hopes that he can help offensively as well as defensively. But the fact is Pillar likely will help more patrolling the outfield, than he will at the plate.

Black said he expects Pillar to play center field for the Rockies and bat in the lower half of the lineup, which has been another sore spot for the Rockies.

Another reason Colorado acquire Pillar is due to the fact David Dahl remains on the IL and it’s not clear when he will return. The Rockies will trade either a player to be named or cash considerations, as well as international amateur signing bonus pool space for Pillar.

Rodgers goes back on injured list

On Monday the Rockies also placed infielder Brendan Rodgers on the 10-day IL with a right shoulder strain. Colorado is hopeful the injury is minor.

Since being recalled from alternative camp on Aug. 19 Rodgers has played in seven games hitting 0.95 (2-for-21) with a double and two RBI.

Extra bases

The Rockies welcome in the Giants for a quick two-game series starting tonight (6:40 p.m., AT&T SportsNet). Colorado righty Jon Gray (2-3, 5.45 ERA) will take the mound for the Rockies, while the Giants have yet to name a starter for the game.

  • MLB.com ranked all the trades made on Monday. The Rockies acquisition of Pillar ranked seventh overall. Unfortunately for Rockies fans, the Padres trade for Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger ranked No. 1.

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Rockies fall again, but trade for O’s reliever Givens

On Sunday the Rockies got hammered by the Padres 13-2 in the third game of the teams’ four-game series at Coors Field. Before the game Colorado made what could prove to be a fairly major move by trading for Baltimore right-handed reliever Mychal Givens.

Givens, who primarily uses a fastball that sits in the upper 90s and a hard slider, has been stellar as a setup man for the Orioles this season. He currently sports a 1.38 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 13 innings of work.

“He’s a proven big league relief pitcher who will definitely help us. We’re excited to have him. I know the guys in the clubhouse were excited to see the name. He’s a good one. We’ll use him in the back end of the game to help us win. He’s done that in the past.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said of Givens.

Whether Givens steps into the Rockies’ closer role remains to be seen, but Colorado clearly needs help in its bullpen. Wade Davis (shoulder strain) and Scott Oberg (blood clots) were projected to be Colorado’s closer and setup man to start the season and both are on the IL, with Oberg being out for the season.

The rest of Rockies pen has been fairly shaky aside from the surprise emergence of Daniel Bard.

“This isn’t the first time that we’ve actually asked on Mychal Givens over the past few years. What he has done in the past fits into our later innings. There’s a lot of experience there, a lot of production.

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said of acquiring Givens.

As for whether Colorado will make any more moves before today’s trade deadline Bridich had this to say:

“We certainly have other conversations that are somewhat ongoing. We may or may not be done, I’m not sure. There’s typically a lot of action on the last day of the Deadline.”

Sunday, not fun-day for Rockies

As for the game on Sunday, things started poorly and didn’t get any better for the Rockies. Starting pitcher Ryan Castellani gave up five runnings in just two innings of work and all four relievers who followed gave up at least one run in the loss to San Diego.

As for Colorado’s offense the only real positive came from Nolan Arenado going 2-for-3 with a double and run scored in the loss. Arenado’s average is up to .268 as he continues to try and work his way out of a season-long slump.

Series finale tonight

The Rockies and Padres finish off their four-game series at Coors Field tonight on a game that will be televised on ESPN, only available out-of-market unfortunately, and AT&T Sports Net. Germán Márquez (2-4, 4.50 ERA) will get the start for the Rockies against San Diego’s Garrett Richards (1-2, 5.17 ERA).

Padres continue to load up

On Monday morning the Padres traded for Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger in a blockbuster deal. The trade is the fifth the Padres have made since Saturday.

Along with Clevinger, San Diego has acquired first baseman Mitch Moreland, catchers Austin Nola and Jason Castro, and closer Trevor Rosenthal.

While it would seem like the Padres are going all-in on this season, the fact is a lot of the players they’ve acquired are under contract for multiple season, so they likely will help them in the coming years as well.

Extra bases

TheAthltic.com’s Nike Groke wrote about why the Rockies acquired Givens. And within the piece there was a telling quote from Arenado that I found fairly telling of the state of the team right now.

“Urgency is at an all-time high. We have to find a way to win series and find a way to sneak in.”

Arenado said.

It’s always hard to tell tone, but it sounds almost desperate from the Rockies star.

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Rockies reach halfway mark at 15-15 after win

Nolan Arenado picked up his first extra base hits on the road this season and Daniel Bard made things exciting in the ninth as the Rockies held on to bead the Diamondbacks 5-4 on Tuesday night in Arizona. Colorado is now 15-15 at the halfway point of this truncated MLB season. Arenado has struggled for […]

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Nuggets try to stave off elimination vs. Jazz

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Rockies-Diamondbacks postpone Thursday’s game

The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks joined a growing list of professional sports teams as they postponed their scheduled game on Thursday.

The Rockies released the following statement via Twitter:

The Diamondbacks quickly responding with a tweet of their own supporting the Rockies:

How the movement started

The movement began yesterday when the Milwaukee Bucks led a protest that resulted in the three NBA games scheduled for Wednesday to be postponed.

Other sports followed suit to various degrees on Wednesday. All three WNBA games were postponed. Three MLB games were postponed, while Rockies outfielder Matt Kemp choose to sit out the Rockies game vs. the Diamondbacks. And in the MLS five of the six scheduled matches were postponed. The one match that did take place between Orlando and Nashville started before players around the league were able to formalize a plan for the remaining games Wednesday.

The NBA has since postponed all Thursday games, which includes Game 6 of the Nuggets-Jazz series which was scheduled to tipoff later this afternoon.

According to TheAthletic.com report Nick Groke, Trevor Story had this say about his team’s decision to play on Wednesday night, and then not to on Thursday.

We had a chance to stand up with our guy last night and we didn’t do it.”

Story said.

Rockies reporter Jenny Cavnar then tweeted that Kemp had this to say about the Rockies decision to play on Wednesday:

“I had a good conversation with lots of the guys yesterday, everything happened so fast with the NBA and other teams in baseball sitting out. I don’t think they realized at the time. I had a deep conversation with Trevor today and he poured his heart out to me.”

Players to donate game checks

According to USA Today Major League Baseball reporter Bob Nightengale Rockies and Diamondbacks players plan to donate their game checks from Thursday to organizations that are fighting for social justice.

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Rockies hold on for 8-7 win over D-backs

Jon Gray pitched six innings and allowed just one run, Charlie Blackmon hammered a grand slam to put Colorado ahead 8-1 in the eighth inning and then the Rockies held on for dear life as Arizona’s rally fell just short as Colorado prevailed 8-7 on Wednesday night.

Gray looked the best he has all season as his fastball velocity was more than a mile an hour above his season average.

“To me, that’s the best stuff that Jon has had all year. I saw the velocity tick up. I saw some 95s, a bunch of 96s, I think I might have seen 97, which we haven’t seen this year. So that’s a good sign for Jon.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said of Gray’s performance after the game.

With the win, the third straight one-run victory over Arizona, Colorado (16-15) moves back over .500 on the season.

Harrowing ninth inning

After Sam Hilliard homered and Blackmon added his grand slam later in the eighth inning it appeared the Rockies would cruise to the win. Going to the bottom of the eighth the Diamondbacks trailed 8-1. And after scoring just two runs in the eighth the victory still seemed well in hand.

Tyler Kinley started the ninth for Colorado and allowed a hit and walk before being replaced. Jairo Díaz came in next and did record two outs, but also allowed two hits and a walk. The most dangerous of which was a two-run single by Christian Walker that hit the left-field wall, just a foot or two shy of being a walk-off grand slam for Arizona.

At last Jeff Hoffman came on for the Rockies and struck out Nick Ahmed to end it and pick up his first major league save.

Kemp sits out in protest of racial injustice

Colorado outfielder Matt Kemp joined a number of teams and players who choose not to play on Wednesday night in protest of police shootings of Black people in America and racial injustice as a whole in our country.

Kemp announced his decision via Instagram:

All three NBA playoff games scheduled for Wednesday were postponed, as were five MLS games, three MLB games and all three WNBA games.

According to The Denver Post Rockies players had conversations in the clubhouse about postponing Wednesday’s game, but never had a formal meeting on the matter.

Extra bases

  • Colorado and Arizona finish off their four-game series this afternoon at 4:10 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet) with lefty Kyle Freeland (2-1, 2.87 ERA) starting for the Rockies against Diamondbacks righty Zac Gallen (0-0, 2.25 ERA).
  • Colorado outfielder David Dahl is “getting really close” to returning from the injured list according to Black. Dahl was an All-Star last year, but was in an 0-for-17 slump before going on the IL earlier this month.

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Rockies reach halfway mark at 15-15 after win

Nolan Arenado picked up his first extra base hits on the road this season and Daniel Bard made things exciting in the ninth as the Rockies held on to bead the Diamondbacks 5-4 on Tuesday night in Arizona. Colorado is now 15-15 at the halfway point of this truncated MLB season.

Arenado has struggled for seemingly most of the season so far, but his RBI double to score Trevor Story in the seventh inning gave the Rockies the lead 4-3 lead and his run scored later in the inning on a passed ball proved the difference in the game. His RBI double in the first inning, also scoring Story, was his first extra base hit of the season away from Coors Field.

After the game the Rockies third baseman talked about how bizarre it feels to already be entering the second half of the season.

“It’s weird being at the end already. I think that’s something none of us are used to. It feels like we just started, and now we’re almost done. That’s the disappointing part about playing a 60-game season, but at the same time, it’s better than nothing, so we’re just happy to be back out here and trying to get in that playoff.”

Arenado said.

Pitching dicey, but gets the job done

Rockies right Germán Márquez was not sharp for his second straight start as he labored to get through five innings while allowing six hits, three walks and striking out five. But when he left the score was tied 3-3.

“My fastball didn’t have its good command, but I battled. I gave us a chance to win.”

Márquez said after Colorado’s 5-4 win.

Colorado manager Bud Black could tell that his No. 1 starter didn’t have his A stuff on Tuesday.

“With Germán, it was like his last start, he looked just a little bit uncomfortable. He just couldn’t get in a rhythm of repeating pitches, repeating his delivery. And some balls were elevated up in the strike zone.”

Black said.

In the ninth inning Bard came on with the Rockies leading 5-3 and he picked up his third save of the season and second in as many nights, but the road to getting there was much more harrowing.

Bard walked Kole Calhoun to lead off the inning and had two outs before things got interesting. David Peralta then singled to bring Arizona to within one. Bard next hit Christian Walker with a pitch, then walked Eduardo Escobar to load the bases.

Out came pitching coach Steve Foster to check on Bard, who proceeded to strike out Nick Ahmed on three straight pitches to end the game.

Extra bases

  • Colorado and Arizona play Game 3 of their four-game series tonight (7:40 p.m., AT&T SportsNet) with Rockies’ righty Jon Gray (1-3, 6.23 ERA) facing off against lefty Robbie Ray (1-3, 8.33 ERA).
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  • In other MLB news, last night Chicago White Sox righty Lucas Giolito threw the first no-hitter of the season as Chicago beat Pittsburgh 4-0. Giolito struck out 13 and allowed just one walk in the White Sox first no-hitter since Philip Humber’s perfect game on April 21, 2012.

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