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Saturday Rockpile: Helton moved down in the order, Rogers called up to start today

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Helton slips down in order: hitting fifth - The Denver Post
It didn't help the Rockies' offense much last night, but moving Helton to fifth in the batting order could potentially be a positive in the future. The combination of Dexter Fowler and Eric Young Jr. has the potential to be lethal at the top (assuming both guys stay in the lineup and can get on base regularly), and Carlos Gonzalez is the team's best hitter.

Also in the article, Renck provides a bunch of injury updates; as stated in ATF's fanshot last night, Jeff Francis will likely begin rehabbing in Tulsa this week. In addition, Huston Street could pitch in an extended ST game, Jason Hammel will throw a bullpen session, and Brad Hawpe will begin heavy running. Lastly, this separate article mentions that Taylor Buchholz dominated in an extended spring game.

Rockies waiting to clear spot for Rogers | News
It has been made clear that Esmil Rogers will be starting today's game. However, the Rockies likely won't make the corresponding roster move to Rogers' callup until just before the game.

Game Recaps

Since our recap of the last night's game was admittedly a bit lacking (as Rox Girl was put on the spot due to some confusion as to who was supposed to post it), here's some more coverage to whet your appetite (assuming you want to relive the nightmare):

Game Recap: San Francisco Giants 5, Colorado Rockies 2 | Inside the Colorado Rockies
Steve Foster's recap of the game focuses on the fact that Barry Zito absolutely owns the Rockies.

Rockies' trouble with Zito continues | News
More of the same from's Rick Eymer, whose recap included comments from Troy Tulowitzki. Tulo doesn't understand why the Rockies (and himself) cannot hit Zito. That makes two of us - though, to be fair, Zito has been pretty solid against everybody to start this year (and toward the middle of last year).

Zito tames Rockies with 5-2 victory - The Denver Post
Troy Renck's recap of the game includes a blurb about the dude who ran out onto the field while Aaron Cook was on the mound with the bases loaded and Juan Uribe at the plate. I know, Cookie's a professional and things like that shouldn't affect him, but do you think that had anything to do with his badly-missed sinker that resulted in a two-run single on the next pitch?