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Kyle Freeland blown up in first start for Salt River, Blue Jays win crazy Game 5 as Tulo heads to the ALCS

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Rockies Links

Will Rockies GM Jeff Bridich trade one of the teams' stars? — Denver Post

As Saunders writes, trade speculation regarding outfielders in the organization revolves around Carlos Gonzalez, who surged into the close of the season with 40 homers, 97 RBI, and a slash line of .271/.325/.540. CarGo's value is at a peak, but Bridich seems to have no intentions of trading the star outfielder. Dickerson and Blackmon are other potential trade candidates, but it remains to be seen if the organization is willing to make any significant moves.

On the farm: Colorado Rockies prospect profile Raimel Tapia — BSN

Routinely praised for his hit tool, Tapia spent 2015 in Modesto where he finished with a line of .305/.333/.467 with 12 home runs and 71 RBI, although he did strike out 90 times in comparison to 35 walks. His strikeouts are a bit concerning, but he's shown a consistent ability throughout his career to hit for average and has the potential to develop into a 20/20 guy.

Arizona Fall League: Salt River Rafters fall to the Scottsdale Scorpions

Kyle Freeland was blown up in his first start for the Salt River Rafters, lasting just two thirds of an inning. He allowed six runs on five hits, including two home runs, and two walks. His replacement, Myles Smith of the Diamondbacks' organization, allowed six runs in an inning of work on three hits and three walks. Raimel Tapia hit at the top of the order for the Rafters, going 1-for-4 while striking out once. Jordan Patterson, playing first and batting third, struck out three times in an 0-for-4 night. Overall, the Rafter lost 13-3 in a blowout.

MLB Playoffs

Johnny Cueto allowed two runs over eight innings of work against the Astros to win Game 5, striking out eight. The Blue Jays also clinched the series after a wild seventh inning in which Russell Martin's throw back to the mound bounced off of Shin-Soo Choo, allowing the runner at third to score after initially being ruled a dead ball. Then, after a top half which featured over 18 minutes in delay, the bottom half of the inning saw the benches clear twice. Overall, the inning lasted 53 minutes. Tonight, we have a great Game 5 as deGrom takes on Greinke. Lineups will be added below when available.