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Thursday Rockpile: Baseball returns to Coors

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Coming home may be bittersweet for a team that plays in a place that presents as many unique challenges as Coors field at 20th and Blake.

Doug Pensinger

The Rockies' road woes have been widely noted. Their awfully solid all around performance in Milwaukee sure looked promising, but we have a long way to go. For now, the Rockies have 3 players (Cargo, Dex, Tulo) on the Fangraphs batting leaderboards. Nice to see after only playing road games. It's time, of course, to put that all in the small sample size library and focus on the task of winning baseball games at Coors Field.

Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post writes that the challenge of managing at Coors could be a daunting one for Walt Weiss. It can definitely be difficult to manage a pitching roster (the most important aspect of managing during the games) in a place that can eat pitchers like Shaq eating peeps. Already in the young season, Weiss' bullpen tactics have been a hotly contested topic here at Purple Row. It's early yet, but it looks like it could be a long and taxing year for the bullpen.

But if the Rockies keep raking (obviously they will slow down some) they will win plenty of home games. They are in the top 2 in BA, H, R, HR, SLG in the NL according to baseball-reference.com I still think the key to this team's success will be road performance.

The Rockies are getting the band back together! Having already assembled many of them on the coaching staff, the Rockies intend to honor the 1993 inaugural team this Friday during the home opener.

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New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda momentarily forgot he needs the fingers on his right hand to pitch, was pulled after 1.1 innings, he may miss his next start.

The Associated Press and Yahoo Sports reports that San Jose mayor Chuck Reed has requested a meeting with MLB commissioner Bud Selig in an attempt to hammer out the details on the Oakland A's pursuit of a new stadium in San Jose.

Alexi Ogando and four Texas Rangers relievers combined for 15 strike outs last night giving the Rangers 43 for the series, a new MLB record for a three-game series. After Yu Darvish's almost perfect game, this story could also read, "Astros combine to strike out more in three days than anyone ever has before."

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