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Colorado Rockies embracing analytics, defensive shifts in 2015

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With a new season and a new front office comes a new approach on defense for the Rockies.

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Colorado Rockies use analytics in aligning defense - The Denver Post
Patrick Saunders has the story on how the Rockies, who used the fewest defensive shifts in baseball in 2014, have come to embrace the shift under new general manager Jeff Bridich and how the players are adjusting to the change.

Butler confirms Rockies' excitement in '15 debut - rockies.com
Eddie Butler's first start of the season was a promising one last night as he allowed just two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. Thomas Harding has reaction to his outing from Butler himself and Rockies manager Walt Weiss.

Rockies dedicate wild victory to John Axford's ailing son, Jameson - The Denver Post
In what is one of the best stories of the young season, the Rockies dedicated last night's win to John Axford's son, Jameson, who is still in an Arizona hospital after being bitten by a rattlesnake during spring training.

Rockies set to host Cubs in home opener - MLB.com
With both teams' opening series completed, Carrie Muskat has a quick preview of Friday's Rockies home opener against the Chicago Cubs.

2015 Franchise Four - MLB.com
In case you haven't seen it yet, MLB.com is currently holding voting for the Franchise Four, the best four players in the history of each of the 30 franchises, with the winners to be honored at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati. You can share your choices for the Rockies' Franchise Four in the comments.