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Thursday Rockpile: Rockies Bullpen struggles, Project 5183 is back

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Rockies' bullpen - with Bettis, Belisle and Brothers - battered by Giants - Denver Post
Rockies beat writer Nick Groke discusses the struggles of the Rockies' bullpen in Wednesday's game against the Giants, contrasting it with the bullpen's success earlier in the series.

Rockies looking for road success in set with Dodgers -
Thomas Harding previews the Rockies weekend series in Los Angeles, saying road success will be key to the team's success in 2014.

Justin Morneau: A Pleasant "Surprise" - Rockies Zingers
Juan Pablo Zubillaga from Rockies Zingers talks about the Rockies' acquisition of Justin Morneau and the first baseman's hot start to the season.

Rockies' Charlie Blackmon has been a hit leading off the order - Denver Post
The Denver Post's Patrick Saunders has a profile on Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon, who leads the National League in hitting entering Thursday.

Aggressive approach working well for Brothers -
Harding profiles Rex Brothers, who has bounced back from his struggles in San Diego last week.

Around MLB

The Astros' bold idea to save their pitchers - SportsNet
Shi Davidi from SportsNet talks about the Astros' plan to save the arms of their young pitchers in the minor leagues, limiting their pitch counts and using a piggyback system a la the Rockies in 2012.

Second pine tar incident embarrassing for Michael Pineda, Yankees -
Michael Pineda was ejected from last night's game against the Red Sox when pine tar was discovered on his neck. It was the second time Pineda has been caught with the substance on the mound this season and Tom Verducci discusses what it means for him and the Yankees.

The Most Improved Pitchers Thus Far by Projected WAR - Fangraphs
Fangraphs' Carson Cistulli looks at the pitchers that have improved their expectations for 2014 with a solid first three weeks of the season.