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Thursday Rockpile: Tidbits from a slow news day

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There was no action on the field at all yesterday, at least at the major league level, but there was still some news on the day.

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Top prospect Gray sharp for ninth Double-A win - Rockies.com
We'll start in Tulsa, where Teddy Cahill from MLB.com reports on a strong start for top prospect Jon Gray, who tossed 5 2/3 innings in a Drillers win.

Rockies look for resurgence after shaky first half - Rockies.com
Meanwhile, with the big club, Thomas Harding reports on the Rockies regrouping for the second half of the season after an injury-ravaged first half.

First Half Highlights - Rockies Zingers
The folks over at Rockies Zingers have compiled some of their best pieces from the first half of the season in one place. There's some good stuff there, so I'd encourage checking it out.

Mile High Baseball: Consuming legal marijuana, enjoying America's pastime and searching for sasquatch - SBNation.com
As they would say on Monty Python's Flying Circus, "And now for something completely different." SBNation's Spencer Hall took an interesting trip to Coors Field recently, which made for quite the read here.

Around MLB

A fascinating second half awaits - ESPN.com
Tim Kurkjian takes a look at the most interesting storylines coming up in the second half of the season, including Troy Tulowitzki's pursuit of an MVP award.

Everyone Looks Bad In the Brady Aiken Mess - Fangraphs
Fangraphs' Mike Petriello takes a look at the ordeal that has been the Astros' attempts to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken and explains how both sides have looked bad in the process.

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