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Rockies' Brandon Barnes, Nationals' Aaron Barrett in pregame standoff

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The Rockies can't even win a standoff :( -- though they currently lead the Nats in the sixth inning.

"Something is the problem, I don't know what it is, but it definitely isn't those guys"

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The complaints come from everywhere now: the comma would like Dick Monfort to stop misusing it, as well.

Dick Monfort is grumpy

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That's Ownership 101 right there! Shoot, I guess I should start responding that way to my critics: "If content that bad don't read!" "If resume that bad don't hire!" "If watching baseball that bad don't marry!"

Leaked: 10 Months Of The Houston Astros' Internal Trade Talks

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Deadspin has given the Internet pieces from multiple trade talks the Astros have had with other teams over the last year or so. Included is additional information on how the Dexter Fowler trade came to fruition, including the Rockies' original offer of Fowler and Rafael Ortega for Jarred Cosart and Brandon Barnes -- a deal Colorado fans probably would have liked a bit better than the one that eventually happened. Check it out.

Rockies Blogger Panel Audio

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Listen to some Rockies bloggers talk about baseball. Includes appearances by Jonah Keri, Benjamin Hochman, and Nick Groke!

First-round talents model their game after Rockies stars

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Bradley Zimmer: "Carlos Gonzalez. I think he’s an all-around stud, he’s a five-tool player and he hits bombs." | Jacob Gatewood: "Troy Tulowitzki. He plays the game hard, just like I try to do." | Courtesy of MLB Network PR

Explaining Jordan Lyles

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Chris Chrisman has some excellent commentary on Jordan Lyles' strong start over on his blog, Checkswing Roller. A snippet:

"The received wisdom of the Rockies’ front office, pitching coaches, players, fans, writers, and hot dog vendors is that Colorado pitchers thrive when they keep the ball on the ground, and wilt when they don’t.

Whether this is a phenomenon peculiar to the Rockies is debatable. But what’s not debatable is that Jordan Lyles has a 56.3% groundball rate this year. That’s 7% better than his career mark of 49.4%, and 8% better than his GB% last season. In fact, Lyles currently has the 10th-best groundball rate among all MLB starters. And with the Rockies playing outstanding defense, only 2.6% of ground balls hit off of Lyles go for infield hits."

Purple Row on The Press Box

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In the first edition of Purple Row's weekly segment on The Press Box, Bryan discusses the Rockies' depth, state of the pitching rotation and why Ubaldo Jimenez isn't considered an all-time fan favorite ... and much more!

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