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Thursday Rockpile: Rockies winning All-Star voting, losing games

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Despite their recent struggles, the Rockies have garnered some notable national attention with the release of the first All-Star balloting results.

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Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki, Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon lead in NL all-star voting - The Denver Post
With the first batch of NL all-star voting results released, two of the top three vote getters in the league are Rockies, with Troy Tulowitzki leading all NL players in votes and Charlie Blackmon in third, leading all outfielders. Nolan Arenado also leads the voting among NL third basemen.

Rockies squander chance, lose to Phillies on Ryan Howard's walk-off homer - The Denver Post
Patrick Saunders has a the damage report from a particularly ugly Rockies loss to the Phillies last night that saw them leave 15 men on base and still have a 3-2 lead to blow in the bottom of the ninth. I believe the best word to describe that game would be "yuck."

Sore calf keeps CarGo out of starting lineup -
Carlos Gonzalez was not in the lineup last night thanks to a calf that was sore after he fouled a pitch off it on Tuesday. He did make a pinch hit appearance in the game, grounding into a rally-killing double play in the seventh inning.

Stubbs thriving in limited outfield role -
Thomas Harding profiles outfielder Drew Stubbs, who is hitting .333 this year thanks in part to a significant increase in the percentage of at bats he gets against left-handed pitching. Stubbs has a .957 OPS against southpaws this season.

Kluber, Tribe welcome Rox for Interleague set -
Off the tough loss in Philly, the Rockies will now head to Cleveland to face the Indians, and's Alec Shirkey has a preview of the series that will begin with the Rockies facing Cleveland's emerging ace, Corey Kluber.

2014 Rockies Draft Primer - Rockies Zingers
Ryan Hammon has a general overview of next week's draft for Rockies Zingers, looking more at the broad sense of what  the MLB draft is all about.

Around MLB

The scorched earth plan of team building - Athletics Nation
Over at Athletics Nation, they take a look at the A's division-rival Houston Astros, specifically the re-building plan of GM Jeff Lunhow, contrasting it with how Billy Beane has run the A's. It provides a very interesting look at both franchises.