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Friday Rockpile: Rockies start second half of season in good fashion

Rockies off to good start, rout Padres - The Denver Post

The difference between a contender and a team going through the motions was on full display at Petco Park on Thursday night.

Oh, how far the Rockies have come this season when they would have been the latter and not the former.

Halladay too steep for the Rockies -The Longmont Times-Call
Brian Howell makes, I don't know, sense when discussing Roy Halladay and the Rockies.

Rockies sign Herges! - Purple Row
Discussion on the recent mega-signing.

Kingery's radio role reduced - The Denver Post
A little more has come out on this: Kingery's outburst apparently was directed towards the bus driver for getting lost.

2009 Trade Deadline Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers - MLB Daily Dish
Here's the site's description of this story:

What moves will the Dodgers make to improve their already great team? A trade deadline preview looking at some of the possibilities... Jim Callis: Just Say No (Subscription Required)
Jim Callis opines that MLB teams should stop with the shenanigans over draft negotiations, give out the money, and ignore the commissioner's office's requests. It's that or change things in the next CBA.

Pujols' run at history the story of 2nd half - FOX Sports on MSN
As part of his second-half watch list, Tracy Ringolsby terms the Rockies sleepers and thinks the last month and a half gives them an advantage to take the Wild Card.

SB Nation Secures New Round of Funding - Blog Huddle
Linked to in last night's game thread, SB Nation just finished a recent round of financing that will help continue providing the best online experience for sports fans.