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Monday Rockpile: September Starts Now (Or In A Couple Of Days, But You Know. . . )

Come to think of it, RMN probably can't cover today's Rockpile either. I've got several other assignments I'm working on so just a bunch of links for you today.

Rockies earn rare series win against Dodgers - The Denver Post
There was a relentless quality to the Rockies' 10-5 victory Sunday. They kept punching the Los Angeles Dodgers with big hits at Coors Field.

Armstrong: Rockies players should rent, not buy - The Denver Post
Yeah, yeah, I know. It's a Monday morning. You're trying to clear your head and jump-start the week. The last thing you want to think about is the notion of watching the Rockies on the road.

Ejection closes Ramirez's time with Dodgers - The Denver Post
A long way from Mannywood, from the bright lights of Los Angeles, from the $25 souvenir wigs, Manny Ramirez's star-crossed tenure with the Dodgers ended Sunday.

Fowler sets Rockies record with 12th triple of season - The Denver Post
At 6-feet-5, Dexter Fowler chews up real estate with his long legs. Those strides ran him straight into the record book as he set a Rockies season record with 12 triples.

Reviewing the Top Prospects: NL West -

Christian Friedrich is still listed as the best for Colorado. Marc Hulet cites Friedrich's off season, with the injury and the hittability. His stock is rated as Even. In fact, aside from Buster Posey whose stock is rated as up, Simon Castro, Dee Gordon, and Jarrod Parker are all listed as even as well. I guess Tommy John surgery is very successful, but I can't help but think this should DROP Parker's stock. Dee Gordon (Tom Gordon's son, if you didn't realize - FLASH) and Simon Castro are experiencing growing pains as they proceed through the minors, but their major skills (Gordon's speed and Castro's control) remain intact, and much like Friedrich, they'll just need to polish their games if they want to see Major League success.

In dog days, Helton heating up for Rox -

Amongst other beat notes, Joey Nowak touches on Helton's resurgence. Here's what I saw that really caught my eye:

On Saturday, he hit a solo homer to mark the first time he's gone yard in back-to-back games since Aug. 30-Sept. 1 last year.


Helton is posting a .306/.393/.569 line in August, along with 4 dingers. and a .962 OPS.