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Friday Rockpile: The Rockies travel to Oakland to face Matt Holliday for three games

Rockies' closer brings stability to bullpen - The Denver Post
Huston Street is quite thankful for the persistence Bob Apodaca had in changing his approach to pitching.

Holliday finding his way with A's - The Denver Post
Troy Tulowitzki on Matt Holliday:


"I wonder all the time if we will be teammates again," Tulowitzki said. "I would love for that to happen."

A's beat: Trade works out for Street, Rockies - San Francisco Chronicle
Susan Slusser has some quotes from Street and Holliday about this upcoming series.

Holliday still lookin' to get groove back with new team, the A's -

"It's not (on par with) what I expect, but I'm not worried about the past," Holliday, a three-time All-Star, said of his offensive season thus far. "I'm focused on today and the rest of the season. "... I'm hitting the ball hard. If you feel like you have a good swing but bad results, that's part of the game."

Barry who? Rockies' Tracy finds success - San Francisco Chronicle
John Shea writes that Jim Tracy is no longer haunted by Barry Bonds.

Young's stellar play earns Futures Game nod - The Denver Post

In case you missed it in yesterday's Rockpile, Eric Young Jr. was named to the Team USA team in the Futures Game and Jhoulys Chacin will pitch for the World Team.

Nationals president Stan Kasten calls himself the 'village idiot' - MLB -
I like Stan Kasten.

The WPA Inquirer -- The Hardball Times
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