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Thursday Rockpile: Jorge De La Rosa impresses, Carlos Gonzalez gets a day off

Lefty Jorge De La Rosa had one of his best starts of the season yesterday while a slumping Carlos Gonzalez sat on the bench for a day.

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Jorge De La Rosa once again dominant at home as Rockies beat Nats - The Denver Post
Patrick Saunders recaps one of De La Rosa's best outings of the season, as he struck out 11 in 7 1/3 innings, allowing just one run.

Rockies seek big return from O's for De La Rosa; no progress lately - CBS Sports
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rockies are looking for quite the haul in return if they are to trade De La Rosa before the trade deadline and that talks between them and the Orioles about a deal have stalled recently.

Rockies' slumping Carlos Gonzalez takes a day off - The Denver Post
Hitting just .219 since his return from the disabled list, Gonzalez was given a day off yesterday by Rockies manager Walt Weiss to re-focus and recharge.

Competitive Balance Lottery pays out 12 picks -
After taking the first pick in last year's competitive balance lottery, the Rockies got the second of the dozen picks distributed this year.

Flande impressing with fortitude in rotation -
Cody Ulm reports that while Yohan Flande will remain in the Rockies' rotation, the team would like to see him getting deeper into games.

Digging into David Dahl - Rockies Zingers
At Rockies Zingers, Scott Fults takes an in-depth look at Modesto-bound outfielder David Dahl, who should be among the top 5 PuRPs announced later today.

Rockies' Brandon Barnes gets into stare-down standoff vs. Nationals' Aaron Barrett - The Denver Post
In a bit of silliness, Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes got into a contest with Washington's Aaron Barrett to see who would be last on the field after yesterday's national anthem.

Around MLB

Tigers acquire closer Joakim Soria from Rangers for prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel - Bless You Boys
A second high-profile reliever was traded yesterday as Texas traded closer Joakim Soria to the Tigers for a pair of quality pitching prospects.

The inside story of how the Houston Astros lost No. 1 pick Brady Aiken -
Sports Illustrated's Ben Reiter takes an in-depth look at Houston's failure to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken.