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Jimenez continues to overpower NL hitters - The Denver Post

"I have pitched like that before too," Jeff Francis said [about Ubaldo Jimenez]. "I was playing Nintendo."

Same here, Jeff. In the first Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest on N64 there was a code you could use to always throw strikes. Yeah, I cheated for an entire season and set records. I also used the Griffey home run code.

Tulo's homer provides proof of his progress - The Denver Post
At the end of the article, we learn that we'll see Jason Giambi at the DH for the weekend series against the Royals, and that the Rockies may still bring up Jonathan Herrera this weekend.

Twitter / Troy Renck, Rockies: Talked to source tonight w ...
Troy Renck: "Talked to source tonight who said Rox would have interest in Matsui when he clears waivers. Makes sense for depth purposes."

Twitter / Troy Renck, Rockies: With Iannetta still in Tri ...
Troy Renck: "With Iannetta still in Triple-A, the Red Sox are keeping an eye on his progress in case the Rockies make him available."

Matsui on radar, Red Sox keep eye on Iannetta; Jimenez is fine | All Things Rockies
Following up his tweets, Renck also mentions that Fox Sports reports the Mets have called the Rockies to see if they are interested in Luis Castillo. Renck also suggests that the Rockies might want to look into the Dodgers' Nick Green.

Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest " Blog Archive " Mets Shopping Luis Castillo, Rockies Interested?
The author of this article claims that an MLB source says Matt Daley may be someone the Mets would want as part of a return for Castillo. Matt Daley would return home to Queens. Would he be the King there?

Hawpe gives family real treat - The Denver Post
I link to this for the second part of the article in which we learn that Ian Stewart almost got blasted in the face by a Melvin Mora BP line drive.

Schedule in Jimenez’s favor to start All-Star Game | Inside the Colorado Rockies
Jack Etkin looks at how Ubaldo Jimenez's starts will play out over the rest of the first half of the season. Ubaldo Jimenez, your starting pitcher for the NL All-Star team.