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Thursday Rockpile: Rockies win a series, CarGo returns, #VoteMorneau

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The Rockies won their first series in nearly a month yesterday and expect the return of Carlos Gonzalez tomorrow. Also, Justin Morneau's push for the All-Star final vote ends today,

Doug Pensinger

5 homers - 2 from Tulo - help Rockies claim needed victory vs. Padres - The Denver Post
Patrick Saunders has the full recap of the Rockies' win in the rubber game against the Padres yesterday that included a pair of home runs from Troy Tulowitzki, bringing him to 20 on the season.

Carlos Gonzalez likely switching positions when he returns to Rockies on Friday - The Denver Post
Aftetr a red-hot performance in three rehab games at AAA, Carlos Gonzalez will return to the Rockies' lineup Friday, and he will likely be in right field when he does so.

Twitter joins in for last hours of Final Vote - MLB.com
Justin Morneau's quest to join Charlie Blackmon and Troy Tulowitzki at the All-Star Game in Minnesota ends today, and you can vote on Twitter until 2 p.m. Mountain time.

Dick Monfort: "I don't know how our record got to be where it is" - The Denver Post
In an extended version of his interview with Saunders, the Rockies owner discusses a variety of topics, including the lack of a team president, the trade deadline and, of course, the team's record.

Rockies longest of longshots to make run into contention - The Denver Post
Saunders also chimes in with what he thinks the Rockies need to attempt  to get back in the race, which boils down to better pitching.

Rockies trade rumors: Jorge De La Rosa subject of Orioles' pursuit - Purple Row
Reports from the Baltimore and national media link the Orioles, leading the AL East, to a move for the Rockies' veteran lefty, who has a contract that expires at the end of the series.

Top pick Freeland debuts with two scoreless innings - Rockies.com
Lefty Kyle Freeland, the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft, debut with two shutout innings in Grand Junction.

Around MLB

Yankees place Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list with an inflamed right elbow - Pinstripe Alley
Yes, another arm injury to a top pitcher, this time Yankees All-Star Masahiro Tanaka, though this one doesn't seem to be as serious as some others.