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Thursday Rockpile: Jhoulys Chacin eyes return, pitching staff in flux

Rob Tringali

Chacin building up toward rehab assignment -
Thomas Harding reports on Jhoulys Chacin, who threw a short simulated game on Tuesday and is scheduled to pitch in extended spring training on Friday, after which he could begin a rehab assignment.

Rockies counting on bullpen to provide road relief -
Back with the active roster, Harding discusses the key role the Rockies bullpen will play on the team's upcoming road trip to San Francisco and San Diego.

Rockies' season depends on making right moves - now - with pitchers - Denver Post
With the impending return of Chacin and Tyler Chatwood, as well as the issues for some arms in the bullpen, Patrick Saunders says making the right decisions with the pitching staff is critical to the Rockies' success in 2014.

Kiszla: Rockies' offense mashes well enough to scare opposing pitchers - Denver Post
After a homestand that saw them score 45 runs in six games, Mark Kiszla praises the Rockies with the caveat that, as always, hitting on the road will be key to success in 2014.

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Let's watch Billy Hamilton make a run happen - Fangraphs
As the headline states, Jeff Sullivan from Fangraphs analyzes how Billy Hamilton created a run for the Reds in their 4-0 win over St. Louis Wednesday.

On 40th anniversary of No. 715, Aaron remains true home run king - Sports Illustrated
SI's Tom Verducci takes a look at Hank Aaron's place in history 40 years after he broke Babe Ruth's home run record.