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Thursday Rockpile: Jorge De La Rosa signs $25 million contract extension, Rockies win season series against Giants

Just hours after taking the season series from the Giants for the first time since 2008, the Rockies announced a two-year, $25 million contract extension for pitcher Jorge De La Rosa.

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Jorge De La Rosa, Rockies agree to 2-year extension worth $25 million - The Denver Post
This is obviously the big news around the Rockies today, and we will have plenty of coverage of it here at Purple Row, and here is Patrick Saunders' piece on the extension for The Denver Post. Also, here is Bryan Kilpatrick's piece for Purple Row.

Rockies remain motivated despite West elimination -
Cody Ulm writes that, despite their mathematical elimination from the NL West rate, the Rockies are still motivated to succeed in September, with one of the major goals being avoiding the franchise's first 100-loss season. (Note: For some reason, only the mobile link to this article is working, but you can still read it regardless.)

Homers by Corey Dickerson, Nolan Arenado and Michael McKenry lead Rockies past Giants - The Denver Post
In on-field news yesterday, the Rockies secured their first season series win over the Giants in six years with 9-2 win that saw them hit four home runs, two of which came off the bat of Corey Dickerson.

What to Read about the Future - Rockies Zingers
Eric Garcia McKinley provides his thoughts on the Rockies' future along with some worthwhile links on the subject at Rockies Zingers.

Around MLB

The Nationals' Lineup, Not Their Rotation, Makes Them Great - Fangraphs
At Fangraphs, Drew Fairservice takes a look at a very underrated Nationals lineup that has led them to a wide lead over the Braves in the NL East.

Best teams at taking the platoon advantage - Beyond the Box Score
Chris Teeter examines which teams have taken advantage of platoons most often this season, with Billy Beane's A's unsurprisingly near the top of that list. The Rockies rank 26th, right between the division-leading Dodgers and Orioles.