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Saturday Rockpile: Francis fails to adjust, Buchholz injures back, more

Krieger: Rockies' Tracy didn't yank Francis soon enough - The Denver Post
In the "Hindsight is 20/20" department, Dave Krieger claims that Jim Tracy's leash on Jeff Francis was too long last night. I wasn't able to watch the game, so I didn't see whether or not Francis was really "gassed" after allowing the Dodgers to get within one run with only one out in the sixth. However, as I'm watching a condensed version of the game, it seems that the Dodgers were beginning to see the ball very well, and that Francis just failed to make adjustments from his approach earlier in the game, which they clearly figured out. In any case, had the Rockies offense not disappeared after the fourth inning, it really wouldn't have mattered. The bats lost that game, plain and simple.

Back stiffness halts Buchholz's rehab | News
This is obviously not real good news for the Rockies. However, maybe it helps explain Taylor's recent struggles. He carries a 7.94 ERA in Colorado Springs, and his last few outings have been nothing short of disastrous. The news is better on Franklin Morales, who continues to build shoulder strength and is seeing is velocity climb back up toward where it should be. Now, command...gotta get that command going.

More links after the jump...

Valenzuela in Jimenez’s fan club | All Things Rockies
Fernando Valenzuela had some nice things to say about Ubaldo Jimenez

Manny finally connects for Coors Field homer - The Denver Post
Manny Ramirez went 43 at-bats at Coors Field before finally hitting his first long ball. We all know how that felt, so I'll just move on...

Get to know Jhoulys Chacin: Bus rides a thing of the past for Rockies pitcher - Daily Pitch: MLB News, Standings, Schedules & More -
USA Today's Jorge Ortiz introduces the world to Rockies rookie pitcher Jhoulys Chacin. One interesting note from the interview: Jhoulys has siblings named Jhoulayle and Jhousberth.

Celebrating the year of the catcher in MLB - ESPN
Nice piece on the strange life that is being a catcher by Tim Kurkjian, which includes bits on Miguel Olivo and former Rockie Ben Petrick.

Twitter / Buster Olney: It's confirmed: Buster Pos ...
The savior has finally been promoted to the big leagues. I wonder if a rookie be able to carry a whole bad offense on his shoulders. We'll see...