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Brandon Barnes is back and Jorge De La Rosa set a Colorado Rockies record

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Is there such a thing as May doldrums? If so, the Rockies are trying to snap out of them.

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Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes torches Phillies, going 4-for-4 - Denver Post

The Rockies' offensive malaise has been well-documented, so it was nice to see yesterday's outburst (seven runs on twelve hits). The recently recalled Brandon Barnes was at the center of it, spraying four hits around the yard, including a double. One of those hits was actually pretty clearly an error--it scooted under the short stop's glove--but he'll take it. The Rockies have looked like zombies at times during this death spiral, but Barnes at least plays with a little bit of life.

Barnes wasn't good in Triple-A; he had a .630 OPS in a hitter's park/league. He also wasn't particularly good last year with his 83 wRC+ and precisely 0 WAR. But at least he's still fun to watch, which is something the Rockies have not been for the past month.

De La Rosa sets franchise K's mark in shaky start - Rockies.com

Jorge De La Rosa recorded his 774th career strikeout as a Rockie, which jumped him over Ubaldo Jimenez for most career Rockies strikeouts. It's kind of hard to believe he has been a Rockie for seven years now--in 2008 we traded some reliever to Kansas City for Jorge while he was toiling in the minors. Since then he has been a consistent, stabilizing force in a rotation that has experienced massive turnover, to say the least.

So good job Jorge, that's a cool record to set. Though at times yesterday it looked like he was aiming for the franchise walks record too.

Eligible to return, Morneau needs more time - Rockies.com

The Rockies are being extra-careful with Justin Morneau as he takes time on the disabled list for a "cervical neck strain and concussion symptoms." That's probably wise considering concussions nearly ended his career a couple of years back. Still, it's a bummer for Morneau and the Rockies, who could really use his bat and glove.

Around the league

Video: Bumgarner goes yard off Kershaw - MLB.com

The Dodgers were shutout in three straight games against the Giants this week. It was about time they came back to earth; their offense was unstoppable when the Rockies went through LA.

Bryant makes himself at home in San Diego - MLB.com

Kris Bryant is having a pretty stellar rookie season so far, and he slammed a two run home run last night. And we were thiiiiiis close to having him. Still love Gray though.

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